Schumer Looks to Change Restrictions on Shipping Alcohol Through Post Office

October 31, 2013 Updated Oct 31, 2013 at 2:15 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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Schumer Looks to Change Restrictions on Shipping Alcohol Through Post Office

October 31, 2013 Updated Oct 31, 2013 at 2:15 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) US Senator Charles Schumer is vowing to push for a provision in the upcoming Postal Reform Bill that will end the prohibition-era restriction that makes it illegal for the United States Postal Service (USPS) to deliver beer, wine, and spirits to consumers.

Schumer says ending the restriction will increase business for the Post Office by around $225 million dollars annually, which in turn would help support 12,090 USPS jobs in upstate New York.

The change will also affect New York's agricultural beverage industry making it easier for customers to order online from Upstate wineries, breweries, and distilleries.

Currently, those products can be shipped by UPS and FedEX, but Schumer says allowing the Post office to compete will give customers more options by using flat-rate shipping.

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