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TTB Trade Practices

Sections 105(a) through (d) of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAA Act) (27 U.S.C. 205(a)–(d)) prohibit certain marketing practices that are deemed to cause unfair competition.  These sections, titled "Exclusive outlet," "Tied house," "Commercial bribery," and "Consignment sales," respectively, delineate and proscribe unfair trade practices in the alcohol beverage industry.

Key Trade Practices Topics

Trade Practices Presentations

2018 TTB Trade Practice Seminars (April – July)

Held in Miami, San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston, TTB, in cooperation with various state agencies, conducted seminars designed to help educate industry on the basic tenets of trade practice laws and regulations.  You can find the presentation TTB used during these seminars here:

Report Trade Practice Violations

Report potential trade practice violations to TTB at


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For more information about Trade Practices, contact our Market Compliance Office at 202-453-2251, (option 2), or by fax at 202-453-2873, or by email at

Visit our Trade Investigation Division (TID) page for more information about TID's mission and responsibilities.

Page last reviewed: June 28, 2017
Page last updated: August 7, 2018
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