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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News
April 8, 2016
IN THIS ISSUE
Greetings! We hope you had a pain-free and active week! This week's top stories include an announcement about a new registration requirement imposed by the government of Korea for companies importing alcohol beverages into Korea, information about the requirements to import bottled alcohol beverages, and a list of the past week's top International Affairs Division pages at TTB.gov.
WHAT'S POPULAR ON TTB.GOV
Top International Affairs Division Pages for March 28 – April 3, 2016
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The TTB Newsletter compiles the top TTB news of the week and other helpful information about the Bureau and the federal alcohol and tobacco laws and regulations we enforce.
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REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT UNDER KOREA’S SPECIAL ACT ON IMPORTED FOOD SAFETY MANAGEMENT
Effective February 4, 2016, the Ministry of Food & Drug Safety (MFDS) of the Republic of Korea implemented the Special Act on Safety Management of Imported Food (Act). TTB is part of an interagency group that is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service personnel stationed in Korea, who continue to engage with Korean authorities as they implement the Act. TTB will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as the Act’s implementation unfolds.
The Act requires all foreign food facilities and livestock establishments, including alcohol production plants that export their products to Korea, to be registered with the Korean government at least seven working days prior to import declaration. The Act provides a six-month grace period during which foreign facilities that are not registered with the MFDS may continue to export products to Korea without registration.
The grace period expires on August 3, 2016.
Read the TTB Announcement dated April 5, 2016 for more details, including how to register with the Korean government.
IMPORTING BOTTLED ALCOHOL BEVERAGES INTO THE UNITED STATES
Certain requirements apply to alcohol beverages imported in bottles or other non-bulk containers and persons engaged in the business of importing them. Read the abbreviated descriptions below or visit our importing bottled alcohol beverages Web page on TTB.gov to learn more.
Federal Basic Permit
Taxes, Duties, and Registration
Importers must register as alcohol dealers and complete TTB F 5630.5(d) (PDF), "Alcohol Dealer Registration," before engaging in business. Importers must also file this form with TTB when there is a change in registration information and when discontinuing their business.
Certificate of Label Approval Requirements
Note: As part of the COLA process, the importer may need to obtain pre-COLA product approval, depending on the product to be imported. For information on pre-COLA product approval, see Industry Circular 2007-4. Read more
Natural Wine Certificate
Certificate of Age and Origin Requirements
Other Regulatory Considerations
The importer must also meet the requirements of the State and local jurisdictions where the importer is engaged in the importation of beverage alcohol products. Read more