The Discretion on Alcohol Transportation

by Michael Kotendzhi | Food & Drink

Most logistics and transportation industries know that transporting alcohol requires a lot more works than transporting other categories of goods, especially in British Columbia. The logistics process is distinct from other sectors of the market whilst still sharing some similitude in general.

Three factors must be considered:

Volume versus Weight

Alcohol beverages, even with non-alcohol beverages, are liquid, and it is a large amount that can be weighted significantly heavier. The volume and the weight may not be in perfect ratio when loading to the truck. Most importantly, the assigned carrier must be able to compromise the heavy-duty.


As alcohol and non-alcohol are required food-graded transporters, the temperature is a very important specification that must be accommodated by the carrier. Whether it needs what temperatures, the goal is transporting the beverages within the acceptable range to prevent adulteration.


Alcohol permitted logistics and transportations require licenses and permits accordingly to the practice regions. Regulations and laws are in effect where the transportation happens and destinations. Permits may vary in different provinces in Canada, all involved parties are required to obtain whichever certification they may need.

Transporting alcohol is a difficult segment in logistics. Failure to do any of the above may lead to catastrophe. 18 Wheels Logistics is a reputable licensed beverage 3PL provider. Call us today to find out more.  

Michael Kotendzhi is President of Operations & Transportation and a partner at 18 Wheels. Michael has over 15 years of experience and is equipped with a degree in Logistics from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. As well as a background in logistics from XPO Logistics (formally Kelron Logistics), North America's largest contract warehousing provider.

Michael's experience includes supply chain management, reverse logistics, & domestic transportation. He has developed 18 Wheels' trucking solutions, effectively utilizing the sister company's vehicle fleet and building a transportation supply-chain network across North America.