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April 21, 2017


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week's top news includes information about one aspect of TTB's policy on using social media to advertise alcohol beverages, an announcement about how to sign up to receive email notifications about the latest underage drinking prevention news from across the federal government, an announcement about an upcoming CBP trade symposium, and a press release announcing the sentencing of a man convicted of illegally importing Chinese cigarettes.

TRADE PRACTICE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION: I WOULD LIKE TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO INFORM CONSUMERS WHERE TO FIND MY ALCOHOL BEVERAGES OR TO PROMOTE A SPECIAL EVENT AT A RESTAURANT OR RETAILER. ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS ON THIS?

As we stated in TTB Industry Circular 2013-01, TTB considers advertising in social media to be subject to all of the same requirements and restrictions as any other type of advertising under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAA Act) and the TTB implementing regulations (27 CFR part 4 subpart G, 27 CFR part 5 subpart H, and 27 CFR part 7 subpart F, and the "tied house" regulations at 27 CFR part 6).

See TTB FAQ A28 for more information.

DON'T MISS THE LATEST UNDERAGE DRINKING PREVENTION NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM ACROSS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Sign up to receive email updates from the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD).  Learn about new initiatives, reports, funding opportunities, trainings, and more.  Visit stopacloholabuse.gov to sign up.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004 directed the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish ICCPUD and to issue an annual report summarizing all federal agency activities related to preventing underage alcohol use. HHS made ICCPUD a standing committee to provide ongoing, high-level leadership on this issue and to coordinate federal efforts aimed at preventing and reducing underage drinking. Fifteen federal agencies, including TTB, are members of ICCPUD.

For more information about ICCPUD, visit www.stopalcoholabuse.gov/.

U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION 2017 WEST COAST TRADE SYMPOSIUM: ''LOOKING AHEAD TOGETHER: WHAT'S NEXT FOR TRADE?''

SOURCE: Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 66 / Friday, April 7, 2017 / Notices

AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

ACTION: Notice of trade symposium.

SUMMARY: This document announces that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will convene the 2017 West Coast Trade Symposium in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, and Thursday, May 25, 2017. The 2017 West Coast Trade Symposium will feature panel discussions involving agency personnel, members of the trade community, and other government agencies, on the agency's role in international trade initiatives and programs. Members of the international trade and transportation communities and other interested parties are encouraged to attend.

Read the full notice for more details.

MAN WHO ILLEGALLY IMPORTED CHINESE CIGARETTES SENTENCED TO PRISON

On Monday, April  17, 2017, Zhi Xiong Chen, 56, of Los Angeles, was sentenced to eight months in federal prison and was ordered to pay $152,278 for illegally importing cigarettes without a permit and without paying excise tax.

You can view a copy of the press release on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California.

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