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December 11, 2015


Greetings! We hope you had a sprightly and rousing week! This week's top stories include an update on our Formulas Online usability study, TTB’s recent participation in international wine trade meetings, our Permits Online tutorial, and a list of the past week's top Permits Online pages at TTB.gov/.


Last week, we wrapped up our first Formulas Online usability study.  We had a large number of volunteers and are grateful to everyone who offered to help us out.  We learned a great deal from watching study participants interact with the application, and received a number of excellent suggestions for improving Formulas Online.  Based on what we heard, we have already started planning changes aimed at making Formulas Online quicker and easier to use – you should start seeing the fruits of this labor in our spring and summer releases. 


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During the week of November 9, 2015, TTB was part of the U.S. delegation that participated in the World Wine Trade Group (WWTG) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Wine Regulatory Forum (APEC-WRF) meetings held in Adelaide, Australia. Other U.S. government agencies in attendance included Office of the United States Trade Representative, United States Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, and State. The WWTG (Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Georgia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States) meeting covered a number of wine trade issues including a round table discussion on new wine trade developments that have taken place during the last six months, observer status at international organizations, a draft potential agreement on counterfeit products, and consideration of “good regulatory principles for wine production” as listed in the “Tbilisi Statement on Analytical Methodology and Regulatory Limits.”

The WRF meeting was the largest gathering to date in which government officials and industry representatives from 17 economies participated; these included Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, United States, and Vietnam; Argentina, and South Africa participated as observers. The WRF seeks to eliminate non-science based testing and certification requirements in an effort to increase wine production, to expand trade, and to create jobs in the APEC region. To help achieve these goals, the WRF has created several working groups, all of which reported on their work to date. The next WWTG meeting, an intersessional, is likely to take place in Brussels, Belgium, in the spring of 2016. The next “annual” WWTG meeting and WRF meetings are to take place in Ottawa, Canada, during the first week of October 2016.


We are pleased to offer this online tutorial (TTB G 2014-2) to help make using Permits Online a quick and easy process. Permits Online is our free, secure electronic system that allows you to apply for the type of permit, notification, or notice you need to start your TTB-regulated business, or amend your existing approvals.

Permits Online already includes a number of integrated error-checking areas that can minimize many of the mistakes and possible questions that may pop up while filling out your application. Our online tutorial is the perfect supplement to the system, taking you step-by-step through the process of using Permits Online, from preparing and submitting your application to following the status of your application all the way to approval.

The tutorial branches into the different types of applications you may be submitting, too, and it outlines the mandatory documentation you will need, along with the documentation required by specific situations. We have even included screenshots of the Permits Online system, along with tips and some expanded explanations.

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