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October 30, 2015


Greetings! We hope you had a scholarly and sagacious week! This week's top stories include a notice to reopen the comment period for Notice No. 149, more information about the ITDS pilot program, TTB statistics, and a list of the past week's top International Affairs Division pages at TTB.gov/.


As explained in Notice No. 149A, we are reopening the comment period for Notice No. 149, Proposed Establishment of the Lewis–Clark Valley Viticultural Area and Realignment of the Columbia Valley Viticultural Area, which was published on April 14, 2015.  We are now accepting comments on Notice No. 149 through November 27, 2015.

The 306,650-acre proposed Lewis–Clark Valley AVA is located in portions of Nez Perce, Lewis, Clearwater and Latah Counties in Idaho and Asotin, Garfield, and Whitman Counties in Washington.  The proposed realignment of the Columbia Valley AVA would eliminate a potential partial overlap with the proposed AVA by removing the overlapping region from the Columbia Valley AVA and placing it entirely within the proposed Lewis–Clark Valley AVA.

To view all documents and comments related to this proposal, go to Docket No. TTB-2015-0005 on the Regulations.gov/ website. To submit a comment electronically, use the Regulations.gov/ comment form for Notice No. 149.  To submit comments by postal mail or hand delivery, see the instructions in Notice No. 149.


Want to help make it quicker and easier to provide required data to the Federal government for imports? Read on.

On February 19, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13659 "Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America's Businesses." This Executive Order requires that the International Trade Data System, or ITDS, be operational 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."

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 TTB.  Such data includes Certificate of Label Approval ID numbers and TTB importer permit numbers.

On October 21, 2015, TTB published Industry Circular 2015-01. This Industry Circular provides more information about the pilot program, including:

  • Who is eligible to participate
  • How to apply to participate
  • The regulatory requirements that will be fulfilled by submitting data through ACE
  • What will be expected of participants
  • Where to direct any further questions about the pilot

We encourage anyone who holds a TTB permit to import alcohol or tobacco products to consider participating. Your testing and feedback during the pilot program will be invaluable as we all prepare for a smooth ITDS transition.

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/.

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


Statistics can be a driving force that can change minds or a lifestyle, provide information about the success (or failure) of a business, or help to build and shape a business. Do you find yourself relying on statistical information as part of your business practices? Or are you just curious to know some interesting facts?

Below are links to a few interesting TTB statistics and reports.

Production and Operations Reports
We publish statistical reports on industry-wide alcohol and tobacco production and operations.  Our top three data reports are: Wine, Distilled Spirits, and Beer.

Tax Reports
What’s the bottom line?  We also publish quarterly and annual statistical reports on taxes collected for TTB-regulated products. See the tax collections data by year.

See more TTB Statistics and Data including tax rates for alcohol beverages, tobacco products, firearms, and ammunition, and other tools.


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