TTB Trade Practices

TTB is committed to creating a fair and level playing field nationwide for alcohol beverage industry members of all sizes through a strong regulatory compliance program and active enforcement of the trade practice provisions of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAA Act). (See sections 105(a) through (d) of the FAA Act (27 U.S.C. 205(a)–(d)) for more information.) These provisions prohibit industry members from engaging in the following marketing practices that threaten the independence of retailers and/or give the industry members an unfair advantage over their competitors:

Industry members who engage in these anti-competitive practices damage other, law-abiding businesses and prevent consumers from enjoying a wide selection of products.

Key Trade Practices Topics

Laws and Regulations

Laws and Regulations

Regulatory information relating to trade practices
Rulings

Rulings

Rulings related to trade practices issued by TTB and its predecessor agencies

Industry Circulars

Industry Circulars

Industry Circulars related to trade practices issued by TTB and its predecessor agencies

Liquor Laws and Regulations for Retail Dealers

Liquor Laws and Regulations for Retail Dealers

Regulatory information relating to trade practices

Educational Resources

TTB Trade Practices Video Series

Overview - Temporary Voluntary Disclosure Program

FAA Act History & Background (16:19)

In this video we introduce the trade practice rules and the history leading up to the rules. We also discuss various terms every industry member should know.

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Permits Online Demo - Requesting Access to Permits Online

Tied House (14:28)

In this video we discuss Tied House practices and the rules and regulations associated with them. 

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Permits Online Demo- Change in Proprietorship

Exclusive Outlet (11:30)

In this video we discuss arrangements which are considered Exclusive Outlets and the rules and regulations that cover these activities.

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Permits Online Demo - Change in Control

Commercial Bribery (9:52)

In this video we explain activities considered Commercial Bribery and the rules and regulations that cover these activities.

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Permits Online Demo - Change in Control

Consignment Sales (12:07)

We explain prohibited arrangements under the Consignment Sales rules and regulations.

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Other media

Permits Online Demo - Change in Control

Federal Trade Practices: What Every Industry Member Should Know

Slideshow

 

This information is being issued to help the public to understand and comply with the laws and regulations that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau administers. It is not intended to establish any new, or change any existing, definitions, interpretations, standards, or procedures regarding those laws and regulations. For specific questions about how the trade practice laws pertain to activities in Puerto Rico or other United States territories you may email TTB at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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For more information about Trade Practices or to report a violation, contact our Market Compliance Office at 202-453-2251, (option 2), or by fax at 202-453-2873, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

 

Page last reviewed: June 28, 2017
Page last updated: September 23, 2019
Maintained by: Trade Investigation Division