In a bid to raise new revenue, the U.S. Postal Service is looking to do something that current law says it can’t.
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe told the Associated Press that the service is exploring the possibility of delivering wine, spirits and even beer. Donahoe noted that there is “a lot of money to be made” in shipping alcoholic drinks and that postal service would “like to be in that business.”
Adding alcohol delivery could boost postal revenues by up to an estimated $50 million a year. The service could offer customers special flat-rate boxes to ship their booze.
In order to realize the dream of booze-by-mail, however, Congress would have to change existing law, which forbids the mailing of alcoholic beverages.
There may be hope that such restrictions will change. Last year, the Senate passed a measure that would have permitted the postal service to make alcohol deliveries so long as recipients showed age-confirming identification and the deliveries adhered to state liquor laws. However, both houses of Congress must agree before the provisions can become law.
The Postal Service recently withdraw marketing signs bearing the slogan “In Priority We Trust” — a play on the official U.S. motto, “In God We Trust” — after receiving complaints.
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