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Postal Service eyes alcohol deliveries

Published August 1, 2013 11:38 am

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WASHINGTON • Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has a wish list for raising cash for his financially ailing agency. High on it is delivery of beer, wine and spirits.

Donahoe says delivering alcohol has the potential to raise as much as $50 million a year. The Postal Service says mailing alcoholic beverages is currently restricted by law. Customers are even told to cover any logos or labels if they use alcoholic beverage boxes for shipments.

But under Utah law, it is illegal to ship alcoholic beverages into the state via the Postal Service or other courier services.

The federal agency lost $16 billion last year and is working toward restructuring its retail, delivery and mail processing operations.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Donahoe also endorsed ending most door-to-door and Saturday mail deliveries as cost-saving measures.

A House committee has passed legislation that would cut letter deliveries to five days and phase out door-to-door deliveries.