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November 25, 2011


Greetings!  We hope you are having a thankful and grateful week!  This edition includes information about our import requirements for foreign countries including an updated section on Senegal, new application types available in Permits Online, and the expansion of the Russian River Valley and Northern Sonoma Viticultural areas.

In the TTB Newsletter, we compile the top TTB news of the week and other helpful information about the Bureau and the Federal alcohol and tobacco laws and regulations we enforce.

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We have recently updated our list of import requirements for foreign countries to include an updated section on Senegal's import procedures

Please visit TTB's general list of import and export requirements for related resources.

New Application Types Available in Permits Online

Permits Online is TTB's new method for drafting, submitting, and tracking original and amended applications to operate alcohol and tobacco businesses, and register to make tax free sales of firearms and ammunition. 

In October 2011, we launched the third release of Permits Online, which allows proprietors of distilled spirits plants and alcohol fuel plants to apply for permits online, and brewers to submit their Brewer's Notice applications online.  Applications for these businesses now join a number of already available electronic applications, such as applications for alcohol wholesalers, alcohol importers, wineries, specially denatured alcohol users and dealers, and tax-free alcohol users.  We have approved more than 1,600 original applications through Permits Online since the system became available in February 2011. 

Learn more about Permits Online

Expansions of the Russian River Valley and Northern Sonoma Viticultural Areas

This Treasury decision expands the Russian River Valley viticultural area in Sonoma County, California, by 14,044 acres, and the Northern Sonoma viticultural area in Sonoma County, California, by 44,244 acres.  TTB designates viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase.

Effective Date: December 16, 2011

Read the Federal Register Notice