Importing Samples for Trade Shows and/or for Soliciting Orders
Samples of alcoholic beverages imported strictly for use at trade shows and/or for soliciting orders may, under certain conditions, be imported without a certificate of label approval (COLA). Importers of such samples may apply for a waiver from the COLA requirements from TTB in the form of a letter request.
The letter must include:
- The specific type and quantity of each alcohol beverage. "Type" for wine means identification as "red wine", "white wine", "sparkling wine", and/or identification with a varietal if the wine is so labeled; for distilled spirits, the type means, for example, "rum," "brandy," "vodka," etc., as appropriate; for malt beverages, type means "beer," "ale," "porter," etc., as appropriate.
- The country of origin of each product
- The brand name of each product
- The purpose for importing the samples (if for a specific event, include dates and location)
- The Federal Importer’s Basic Permit number
The letter must also include a statement that the following conditions will be met:
- The products will be imported by the holder of a Federal Importer’s Basic Permit
- All applicable taxes and duties will be paid
- A sticker will be affixed to every container (bottle or box) which reads, "For Trade Show (or Sample) Purposes Only – Not for Sale"
- A label will be affixed to every container which bears the Health Warning Statement in accordance with 27 CFR Part 16
- In the case of wine, an additional label will be affixed which reads, "Contains Sulfites"
- The products indicated in this letter will be in compliance with the labeling requirements above prior to the product arriving at the U.S. port of entry.
Download a template of this letter (MS Word)
Please send TTB the letter request via email or fax: