Transporting Alcohol: Now that I have the booze how do I transport it?

Much like everything with alcohol it’s complicated. The ABC (specifically North Carolina General Statute §18-B-303 & §18B-400) details the exact rules, amounts, and volume of alcohol you can transport without getting a permit.

I’ve divided alcohol into three categories: (1) beer, (2) unfortified wine, and (3) spirituous liquor & fortified wine. You do NOT need a permit to transport the following:

Beer

Maximum of 80 liters in cans or bottles

9 cases and 9 cans/bottles-355 milliliters

7 cases and 1 can/bottle-473 milliliters

Unlimited kegs

Unfortified Wine

(16% or less alcohol by volume)

Maximum of 50 liters

Ten 5 liter containers

Fifty 1 liter bottles

Sixty-six 750 milliliter bottles

Twenty-eight 1.75 liter bottles

Spirituous Liquor & Fortified Wine

(16-24% alcohol by volume)

Maximum of 8 liters

8 liters of only spirituous liquor or fortified wine

8 liters of a combination of spirituous liquor and fortified wine

*What happens if I want to purchase more than the stated amounts of unfortified wine, fortified wine, and spirituous liquor?

You need to get a Purchase Transportation Permit from you local ABC. This permit allows you to transport a maximum of 100 liters of unfortified wine and a maximum of 40 liters of either fortified wine or spirituous liquor or a combination of the two.

Am I a Bootlegger?

The answer may surprise you!

It’s quite possible that if you transport MORE than the law allows for alcohol then you may be a bootlegger. Bootlegging is the illegal business of transporting alcoholic beverages when the transportation is illegal (read the definition here). Interestingly enough bootlegging applies to smuggling over land; while rum-running applies to smuggling over water.

Contact us!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me at john@beerlawcenter.com or call 919-335-5291.

Be sure to check out Beer Law Center and Matheson Law Office for all things NC legal.

Contact the NC ABC Commission

400 East Tryon Road

Raleigh, NC 27610

919-779-0700

NC ABC

 

Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this article with us! I’ve always been curious on how beverage distribution worked. I think it’s interesting that there’s maximum limits to how much you can transport at any given time. I think 80 liters is a lot of beer! I wonder how much they’re able to transport when they have a proper permit. Do you have any idea on those numbers?

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