International Affairs Division (IAD)

Exporting Alcohol Beverages from the U.S.

We assist industry members seeking to export their products by providing various export certificates or documents that are often required in order for alcohol beverage products to be imported into a foreign market

Industry members may request all the following certifications, or similar variations, through our International Affairs Division in Washington, D.C.:

  • Certificate of Free Sale
  • Certificate of Origin and/or Age
  • Certificate of Health
  • Certificate of Sanitation
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Sanitary Statement/Certificate
  • Certificate of Manufacturing Process
  • Consolidated Wine Export Certificate (for wine exported to China)

Please use the export certificate template when submitting your request.  Note that you may need to add additional information to meet the certificate requirements of the countries to which you wish to export.

Please also note that there is a consolidated export certificate template that may be used-for wine only-exported to China, which incorporates all three certificates (Certificate of Origin, Certificate of Health/Sanitation, and Certificate of Authenticity/Free Sale).

How to Request Your Export Certificates

By Email:

You can speed up the processing of your request by emailing these to exportcertificates@ttb.gov, with the completed certificate requests attached as PDF files.

Please submit two signed copies of your request(s); one should appear with your company name on top, and a second copy should appear on TTB letterhead.

If you would like the certificate returned by express mail, please prepare an overnight bill from the commercial carrier of your choice, including your own billing/account information, and attach it to your email request. Otherwise, we will return the certificate through the U.S. Postal Service to the return address indicated on your request.

By Mail:

You may also send export certificate requests by mail to the address below:

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)
International Affairs Division
Attn: Export Certificate Program
1310 G St. NW, Box 12
Washington, DC 20005

If you are submitting your export certificate requests through a commercial carrier (e.g., UPS, FedEx), please use the following address:

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)
International Affairs Division
Attn: Export Certificate Program
1310 G St. NW, Suite 400E
Washington, DC 20005

If you have any questions regarding the Export Certificate Program, please contact the International Affairs Division by phone at (202) 453-2260, or by email at exportcertificates@ttb.gov.

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions and Answers page about the Export Certificate Program for more information.

VI1 Forms for Exporting Wine to the European Union

U.S. wine exported to European Union (EU) countries must be accompanied by a VI1 form, which certifies that the wine exported (1) complies with the conditions governing the production and entry into circulation applicable in the United States of America, (2) has been produced using oenological practices in accordance with the terms of the EC-U.S. Agreement on Trade in Wine, and (3) has been produced by a winery licensed by TTB for the production of grape wine.

Exporters of wines produced in the United States may also use a self-certified version of the VI1, which does not require TTB approval. The self-certifying export certificate is a simplified version of previous certificates (VI1s) required by the EU. TTB Industry Circular 2007-2 provides more information on the self-certifying certificate and includes an attachment containing the form.

Exporters may also refer to instructions for processing the two prior VI1 forms and attachments, which are still valid for use in exporting wine to EU countries.

As of July 1, 2007, the following countries are members of the European Community and accept the simplified export certificate.


Austria

Germany

Netherlands

Belgium

Greece

Poland

Bulgaria

Hungary

Portugal

Cyprus

Ireland

Romania

Czech Republic

Italy

Slovakia

Denmark

Latvia

Slovenia

Estonia

Lithuania

Spain

Finland

Luxembourg

Sweden

France

Malta

United Kingdom

If you have any questions about the VI1/simplified export certificate, please contact the International Affairs Division by phone at (202) 453-2260, or by email at exportcertificates@ttb.gov.

Page last reviewed/updated: 10/16/2015

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