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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News
October 7, 2016
IN THIS ISSUE
Greetings! We hope you had a vivid and colorful week! This week's top stories include administrative approval of a new grape variety for use on domestic wine labels, a Federal Register Notice from CBP announcing the indefinite delay of the implementation of the ACE system, resources for distillers about how to determine alcohol content, as well as a list of the past week's top Scientific Services Division pages at TTB.gov/.
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Top Scientific Services Division Pages for Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 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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ASSYRTIKO GRAPE VARIETY APPROVED FOR DESIGNATING AMERICAN WINE
We recently granted administrative approval for the use of the Assyrtiko grape variety name on American wine labels. Wine bottlers may use these names, as well as others granted administrative approval, to label American wines pending the results of our next rulemaking to revise the list found in 27 CFR 4.91 of grape variety names approved for use in designating American wines.
Visit our American Grape Variety Names page at TTB.gov/ for additional information about the regulation of grape variety names.
CBP DELAYS IMPLEMENTATION OF ACE AS SOLE ELECTRONIC DATA INTERCHANGE SYSTEM
Note: This announced delay does not affect the TTB import pilot, as that is a post-entry process that pertains to merchandise already imported. See the TTB Newsletter dated August 14, 2015 for additional information on the TTB pilot.
AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security.
ACTION: Delay of effective date.
SUMMARY: On August 30, 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a notice in the Federal Register (81 FR 59644) announcing plans to make the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) the sole electronic data interchange (EDI) system authorized by the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for processing electronic drawback and duty deferral entry and entry summary filings. The changes announced in that notice were to have been effective on October 1, 2016. This notice announces that the effective date for the transition to ACE as the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for electronic drawback and duty deferral entry and entry summary filings is delayed until further notice.
DISTILLED SPIRITS - PROOFING RESOURCES
Did you know that the number one labeling violation TTB finds on distilled spirits in the marketplace is that the alcohol content statement does not comply with the regulations? TTB distilled spirits labeling regulations at 27 CFR 5.37 provide labeling tolerances for losses of alcohol during bottling, but this tolerance is quite small (0.15 – 0.25 percent alcohol by volume, depending on solids and container size) and there is no tolerance provided for the actual alcohol content being higher than what is stated on the label. When the actual alcohol content is higher than stated on the label, you will incur additional tax liability.
If you are a distilled spirits plant proprietor, it is important that you know how to proof your spirits correctly. Below you'll find some resources to help guide you through the proofing process.
TTB Proofing Resources