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Laws and Regulations

For easy access, you can read the Code of Federal Regulations and public laws relating to wholesalers and importers.

Select an item to view the relevant section of the Code of Federal Regulations.

  • 27 CFR Part 1, Basic Permit Requirements under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act, Non-Industrial Use of Distilled Spirits and Wine, Bulk Sales and Bottling of Distilled Spirits
  • 27 CFR Part 12, Foreign Non-Generic Names of Geographic Significance Used in the Designation of Wines
  • 27 CFR Part 27, Importation of Distilled Spirits, Wines, and Beer
  • 27 CFR Part 28, Exportation of Alcohol
  • 27 CFR Part 41, Importation of Tobacco Products and Cigarette Papers and Tubes
  • 27 CFR Part 44, Exportation of Tobacco Products and Cigarette Papers and Tubes, Without Payment of Tax, or with Drawback of Tax
  • 27 CFR Part 53, Manufacturers Excise Tax-Firearms and Ammunition
  • Public Law 107-188, The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002

January 24, 2018
Page last updated: January 24, 2018
Maintained by: Regulations and Rulings Division

Industry Circulars

Over the years TTB and its predecessor agencies have issued "Industry Circulars" to help industry members understand and comply with applicable laws and regulations.

  • 2018-7 - Industry Compliance with Trade Practice Laws and Regulations
  • 2018-2 - Expansion of Allowable Changes to Approved Alcohol Beverage Labels
  • 2008-3 - Non-Compliant Flavored Malt Beverages
  • 2006-1 - Impact of the U.S. / EU Wine Agreement on Certificates of Label Approval for Wine Labels with a Semi-generic Name or Retsina
  • 2004-3 - Alcohol and Tobacco Export Documentation Procedures
  • 2000-1 - Importation of Previously Exported Tobacco Products and Cigarette Papers and Tubes
  • 1993-12 - Exemption from Mandatory Age Statements for Grappa Brandy (27 C.F.R. 5.40 (b))
  • 1992-2 - Bottling of Bulk Imported Beer
  • 1990-4 - Increase in Federal Excise Tax on Alcoholic Beverages, Tobacco Products, and Imported Perfumes
  • 1987-3 - Change in Place of Filing Alcohol, Tobacco and Certain Firearms Tax Returns, Claims and Related Documents
  • 1986-4 - Gauging Imported Spirits
  • 1986-5 - Gray Market (Parallel) Imports
  • 1986-14 - Procedure for Obtaining Label Approvals for Imported Liqueurs, Cordials, Flavored Spirits and Distilled Gins
  • 1982-2 - Imported Sake
  • 1982-12 - Questions and Answers on Unlawful Trade Practices Under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act
  • 1981-2 - Pricing (Alcohol Pricing Type Transactions Under the FFA Act)
  • 1980-4 - Alternate Approval Procedures for Distinctive Liquor Bottles
  • 1979-7 - Distilled Spirits Labels: Labeling Requirements with Respect to Metric Standards of Fill
  • 1978-6 - Voluntary Disclosure Policy
  • 1978-8 - Wine Labels: Labeling Requirements with Respect to Both Metric Standards of Fill and Statements of Sugar Content for Late Harvest-Type Wines
  • 1978-9 - Shipment of Samples for Laboratory Analysis
  • 1977-8 - Use of Descriptive Terms on Wine Labels
  • 1977-14 - Domestic Spirits Transferred to Customs Bonded Warehouse under 26 U.S.C. 5066(a)
  • 1977-18 - Ginseng in Alcoholic Beverages
  • 1976-1 - Distinguishing Cigars from Cigarettes
  • 1976-4 - Recordkeeping Requirements Pertaining to "Salesman’s Samples" or Distilled Spirits
  • 1976-7 - Alcoholic Beverage Advertising in Airline Inflight, Hotel Inroom Magazines and Similar Publications
  • 1975-2 - Approval of Distinctive Liquor Bottles
  • 1975-13 - Standard of Identity for Tequila
  • 1975-16 - Unlawful Trade Practices at Ballparks, Racetracks and Stadiums
  • 1975-20 - Contracts to Purchase Alcoholic Beverages
  • 1975-21 - Publication of Administrative Actions Taken by ATF
  • 1972-37 - Industry Compliance with Applicable Laws and Regulations
  • 1971-7 - Protection of Names of Bourbon Whiskey and Certain French Brandies
  • 1970-13 - Filing of Export Forms Covering Direct Exportations
  • 1969-8 - Error On Form 1582 (Rev. 2-69)
  • 1963-22 - Packaging Of A Single Cigar
  • 1961-45 - Notice On Packages of Cigars
  • 1959-1 - Mark On Packages of Cigars Taxpaid by Return
  • 1959-49 - Certificates of Origin And Identity For Wines Exported In Bulk From Countries Prior To Shipment To The United States
  • 1958-10 - Recordkeeping Requirements Applicable to Certain Sales Activities
  • 1958-13 - Importation of Samples of Alcoholic Beverages
Page last reviewed/updated: 05/23/2012

Importing/Exporting and Wholesaling Alcohol

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Page last reviewed: September 21, 2019
Page last updated: June 6, 2017
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