New proposed legislation would allow the United States Postal Service to mail wine, beer, and spirits directly to those who are of legal drinking age in states that allow direct-to-consumer alcohol shipping.
If Congress decides to reverse the ban on alcohol shipping, alcohol industry experts estimate it could increase the revenue to the USPS by $180 million annually.
Mail volume has been decreasing annually since 2017, hurting the postal service’s bottom line.
Private competitors like UPS and FedEx have also eaten into USPS’s delivery share. Despite an increase of online shopping by many during the pandemic, the volume of mail delivered by the USPS decreased by 10% in 2020.