Wholesaler/Importer/Exporter

Wondering how to get started as a wholesaler or importer of beverage alcohol or need to get a wholesaler's basic permit? Visit our industry startup guide: Getting Started in a TTB-Regulated Industry. Have a permit and looking for next steps? See our industry compliance guide: Maintaining Compliance in a TTB-Regulated Business.   

 

Key Wholesaler/Importer/Exporter Topics

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Laws, Regulations, and Public Guidance

Links to the CFRs, laws and industry circulars relating to wholesalers and importers.

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Applying for a Permit

To purchase and sell alcohol at wholesale, or import alcohol beverages, you must obtain a basic permit. Apply online!

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Exporting Alcohol Beverages

Requirements for exporting including Export Certificate Program.
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U.S. Requirements for Importing Alcohol Beverages

Requirements that must be met to import alcohol beverages into the U.S.

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Importing Alcohol for Personal Use

What you need to know for importing for personal use.

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Certification Requirements for Imported Wine

Certification requirements regarding production practices and procedures for imported natural wine.

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Certificate of Age and Origin Requirements for Imported Alcohol Beverages

Information on age and origin certification requirements for wines and distilled spirits imported into the United States.

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Prohibited and Restricted Items for Import

 

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Requirements for Importers/Exporters or Wholesalers

How to maintain compliance for those who have a permit to import, export, or wholesale beverage alcohol.

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Retention of COLAs by Alcohol Wholesalers

TTB guidance for retention of COLAs by alcohol wholesalers.

 

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Page last reviewed: April 11, 2017
Page last updated: April 12, 2019
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