CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN AND IDENTITY FOR GERMAN WINES
Importers, and others concerned:
Purpose. The purpose of this circular is to inform importers of German
Wines that all such wines shipped from The Federal Republic of Germany on and
after May 1, 1960, must be accompanied by appropriate certificates of origin
and identity issued under authority of the laws of The Federal Republic of
Background. Refer to Industry Circulars Nos. 58-35, 59-5, 59-28, 59-49
Conclusion. The Internal Revenue Service has been informed by The Federal
Republic of Germany that the Chambers of Industry and Commerce (Industrie-
Und Handelskammer) are officially delegated and are authorized under German
Law to issue certificates of origin and identity for all German Wines, thus under
the provisions of Section 45 (27 CFR 4.45), Regulations No. 4, Relating to Label-
ing and Advertising of Wine, certificates will be required for such wines on the
effective date above.
In all instances the certificates will identify the wine covered thereby as
- Total number of cases or barrels
- Type of packing
- Marks and numbers on cases or barrels
- Gross and net weight
- Designation and description of wine (under heading "Contents
Name of Wine")
The certificate must be signed, and the official seal affixed by the Secretary of
the appropriate Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
In order to avoid detention of merchandise at the ports of entry, all import-
ers of German Wines should advise their principals abroad of these provisions.
Importers are also reminded of the provisions of Industry Circular No. 59-49
with respect to certificates required for wines exported in bulk from countries
of origin and bottled in other countries prior to shipment to the United States.
Inquiries. Correspondence in regard to this Industry Circular should refer
to its number and be addressed to the Director, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax
(O:AT:BT), Washington 25, D. C.
Dwight E. Avis
Director, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division
IRS - D. C. - 57130