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September 8, 2017


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week's top news includes a reminder for alcohol beverage importers about how to satisfy TTB COLA documentation requirements in ACE, an announcement that our labs have received re-accreditation from ISO, and links to the help center for our online applications.

IMPORTERS MAY NOW INPUT COLA NUMBERS IN ACE WHEN FILING IMPORT ENTRIES, IN LIEU OF SUBMITTING A PAPER COLA TO CBP

The Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAA Act) mandates that, with few exceptions, imported bottled  distilled spirits, wines, and malt beverages may not be released from customs custody unless they are covered by a valid TTB-issued Certificate of Label Approval (COLA). Prior to recent regulatory changes, the importer was required to deposit a copy of the approved COLA (on TTB form 5100.31) with the customs officer at the port of entry in order to obtain release. TTB amended this requirement, effective January 1, 2017, to provide that the importer may, in lieu of submitting the paper COLA to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), submit the COLA identification number electronically, when filing electronically through the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).

The COLA identification number is submitted as part of the TTB message set in ACE.

Additional resources:

See T.D. TTB-145 for more on electronic submission of import information.

TTB Implementation of ITDS

TTB LABORATORIES ACHIEVE ISO 17025 RE‑ACCREDITATION FOR 2 YEARS

Our four laboratories—the Beverage Alcohol Laboratory, Nonbeverage Products Laboratory, Tobacco Laboratory, and Compliance Laboratory—have successfully achieved ISO 17025 re‑accreditation from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), an ISO accreditation body in the United States, for another 2 years.  As part of the re-accreditation process, an A2LA auditor conducted on-site assessments of the laboratories at both locations—the National Laboratory Center in Beltsville, Maryland and the Compliance Laboratory in Walnut Creek, California.

Through accreditation, our laboratories achieve third-party recognition for quality data and results. During this re-accreditation cycle, the Compliance Laboratory also expanded the scope of its accreditation by adding a new test method. The TTB laboratories will undergo an interim assessment (document review only) next year.

TTB Online

TTB ONLINE HELP CENTER

TTB Online is a suite of Web-based tools that allow you to complete certain transactions online with us. Use our free online tools to prepare and file your permit applications, operational reports, tax returns, and formula applications, or to apply for label approval, or browse the Public COLA Registry.

Select from the topics below if you need help with any of our online applications:

Do Business Online 

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TTBOnline Password Issues

Unlock Your Account

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