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August 14, 2015


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a pain-free and uncomplicated week! This week's top stories include announcements about our ITDS pilot project and associated request for comments, changes to our beer statistical release, a recent Offer in Compromise, an FDA rulemaking clarification about the effective date of a final rule affecting certain alcohol beverages, and a list of the past week's top International Affairs Division pages at TTB.gov/.

TTB ANNOUNCES ITDS PILOT PROGRAM; SEEKS COMMENTS ON IMPORT FILING INSTRUCTIONS

On February 19, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13659 "Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America's Businesses." This Executive Order requires the completion of the International Trade Data System, or ITDS, by December 2016. Upon full implementation, ITDS, through the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), will allow importers and exporters to submit data required by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other federal government agencies (including TTB) to import or export cargo through a single electronic access point, or "Single Window."

Pilot Program.  In Notice No. 156, published in the Federal Register on August 7, 2015, we announced a pilot program in which importers, CBP, and TTB will test, as part of the ITDS initiative, the electronic collection of TTB-related import data and the transfer of that data through CBP to us.  Such data includes Certificate of Label Approval ID numbers and TTB importer permit numbers.

The pilot will test usability and functionality of data elements; any proposed changes to existing requirements will be published in the Federal Register as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, with a solicitation for public comment. 

Anyone interested in participating in the ITDS pilot, or interested in more information about the pilot, should contact us at 202-453–1039, extension 001, or by email at itds@ttb.gov/ or regulations@ttb.gov/.

Send Us Your Comments. We are also requesting comments on a draft set of ACE Filing Instructions that describes how importers of distilled spirits, wine, beer, tobacco products, processed tobacco, or cigarette papers and tubes may file information electronically in ITDS to meet TTB requirements at the importation of those commodities. These filing instructions will be used by the participants in the pilot program.

To view all documents and comments related to this proposal, go to Docket No. TTB–2015–0012 at Regulations.gov/.  Comments on the draft ACE Filing Instructions are due by October 6, 2015.

To learn more about ITDS, visit www.itds.gov/.

CHANGES TO THE BEER STATISTICAL RELEASE

On August 10, 2015, we published revised versions of the January 2015 through May 2015 Beer Statistical Releases.  The revised versions do not include current month or current year to date data for "Materials Used at Breweries."

The Beer Statistical Release format has been changed because of a revision we made to the Brewer’s Report of Operations forms (TTB F 5130.9 and TTB F 5130.26) in early 2015 (see the TTB Announcement). The operations reports were changed partly in response to a petition from the brewing industry asking us to reduce the complexity of the reports and the amount of information required, in particular the "Summary of Materials Used and Wort Produced" section. As a result, the TTB Beer Statistical Releases no longer contain current month- or year-to-date data in the “Materials Used at Breweries” section.

Because some brewers continued to file the old reports after January 2015, we published temporary versions of the January 2015 through May 2015 Beer Statistical Releases, which contained current month information in the "Materials Used at Breweries" section; however, this information was not accurate for the entire U.S. brewing industry.  We apologize for any confusion this may cause the users of the Beer Statistical Releases.

TTB ACCEPTS OFFER IN COMPROMISE FOR ALLEGED FAA ACT AND IRC VIOLATIONS

We recently accepted a $3,000 Offer in Compromise (OIC) from Dehlinger Winery in Sebastopol, California, to resolve alleged violations of the Internal Revenue Code and Federal Alcohol Administration Act. This OIC is the result of a TTB investigation that revealed that Dehlinger Winery allegedly operated without a valid Basic Permit due to an unreported change in ownership, and improperly claimed the small producer wine credit on wine that it produced unlawfully.

To view the Abstract and Statement and to learn more about our civil enforcement actions, please visit our Field Operations Administrative Cases web page.

LISTING OF COLOR ADDITIVES EXEMPT FROM CERTIFICATION; MICA-BASED PEARLESCENT PIGMENTS; CONFIRMATION OF EFFECTIVE DATE

SOURCE: Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 149

AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS

ACTION: Final rule; confirmation of effective date.

SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration is confirming the effective date of July 9, 2015, for the final rule that appeared in the Federal Register of June 8, 2015, and that amended the color additive regulations to expand the permitted uses of mica-based pearlescent pigments prepared from titanium dioxide and mica as color additives in cordials, liqueurs, flavored alcoholic malt beverages, wine coolers, cocktails, nonalcoholic cocktail mixers and mixes, and in egg decorating kits for coloring shell eggs.

DATES: Effective date of final rule published in the Federal Register of June 8, 2015 (80 FR 32303), confirmed: July 9, 2015.

For more information read Docket Nos. FDA–2014–C–1616 and FDA–2015–C–0245

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