Apply for an Alcoholic Beverages Cargo License (Airline, Ship, Railroad) (ABCC)

A permit authorizing the holder to transport and deliver alcoholic beverages lawfully sold by a licensee in Massachusetts to a lawful buyer in Massachusetts.
Once an application is submitted via our eLicensing system, the typical turnaround time is a few days to a week.

Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission


Open M-F 9am-5pm

The Details

What you need

To apply for a Cargo permit pursuant to M.G.L. c. 138, § 22 you will need electronic copies of the documents listed below.

Required Documents for ALL new Cargo [Airline, Ship, Railroad] permits:

  • Articles of Organization, Partnership Agreement, Bankruptcy Documents, Estate Documents, Trust Documents or Business Certificate, are required depending on your corporate structure.

Required for Ship Cargo permits:

  • Coast Guard Certificate for the ship being licensed.


Name Fee Unit
Airline $1,500 each
Ship Cargo $1,500 each
Railroad Cargo $1,500 each

How to apply

To apply for this license, please create an account on our eLicensing and ePermitting Portal.

Please review the information below:

Technical Requirements:

Below is the list of supported browser versions that provide the best user experience for the online application:

  • Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 10

  • Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 11

  • Firefox 29

  • Safari 6

  • Google Chrome 34

  • Opera 21

Although you may find that your current version also works, it may not support all functions.

To use the system you must first create a user name and password. User guides on this topic and other helpful information about the eLicensing and ePermitting Portal can be found here.

For technical assistance:
Please call the ePLACE Help Desk Team at (844) 733-7522 between the hours of 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Monday-Friday, with the exception of all Commonwealth and Federal observed holidays.

Next steps

Processing Time

Please allow a few days to a week for the permit application to be processed. If there is any information missing, a licensing staff member will reach out to you directly.

If you would like to check on the status of your application, please contact the following licensing staff member:

Ivy Maiorino
Phone: 617-727-3040 x 749

More info

To generate a list of the most current Airline Cargo, Ship Cargo, or Railroad Cargo licensees please use the General Search Function provided on our eLicensing and ePermitting portal.




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