CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN AND IDENTITY FOR PORTUGUESE "MOSCATEL DE SETUBAL"
AND CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN AND IDENTITY AND CERTIFICATES OF AUTHENTICITY
OF VINTAGE DATES FOR PORTUGUESE "PORT" WINES.
Importers, and others
Purpose. The purpose of this circular is to inform importers of Portuguese
"Moscatel De Setubal" and "Port" Wine that such wines shipped from foreign ports,
on and after July 15, 1961, must be accompanied by appropriate certificates of
origin and identity. In addition, in the case of Vintage Port, a certificate
of authenticity of vintage date issued under the authority of the Portuguese
Government must accompany the goods.
Background. Refer to Industry Circular No. 58-35 dated December 29, 1958,
and Industry Circular No. 59-49 dated July 8, 1959.
Conclusion. Under Portuguese law the "Instituto Do Vinho Do Porto" and the
"Uniao Vinicola Da Regiao Do 'Moscatel De Setubal'" are authorized to issue the
"Certificado de origem de Vinho Do Porto" and the "Certificado de origem de Vinho
'Moscatel De Setubal'" to cover the respective wines exported from Portugal.
In addition to a verification of origin and identity, the Certificado de origem
de Vinho Do Porto will attest to the accuracy of any vintage date which may
appear on the labels for Port Wine.
If these wines are shipped in bulk to other countries for bottling prior to
shipment to the United States, they must be covered by appropriate certification
before such wines may be released from Customs custody. For example, if Port Wine
is shipped from Portugal, in bulk, to England for bottling, the bottled wine, if
exported to the United States, must be covered by an appropriate certificate issued
by the British Customs and Excise which will be accepted by United States Customs
officers in place of the original Portuguese certificates described above.
In order to avoid detention of merchandise at the ports of entry, all importers
of Port Wine and Moscatel De Setubal should advise their principals abroad of these
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:B),
Washington 25, D. C.
Dwight E. Avis
Director, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division