CERTIFICATES OF IDENTIFICATION AND ANALYSIS FOR FRENCH GRAPE BRANDIES
OTHER THAN COGNAC AND ARMAGNAC.
Importers, and others
Purpose. The purpose of this Circular is to advise importers of
French Brandies that all such brandies (other than Cognac and Armagnac)
shipped from foreign ports to the United States must, in addition to the
required age and origin certificates, be accompanied by certificates of
identification and analysis.
Background: In order to assure that French Brandy exported to the
United States meets the standard of identity for "Brandy" under United States
regulations, a method of control by analysis has been adopted by France
through the French Ministry of Agriculture.
Conclusion. We have been advised by the French Government that all
French Grape Brandies, other than Cognac and Armagnac, shipped to the United
States after June 1, 1961, will be covered by an analysis certificate issued
by the French Ministry of Agriculture. Two Laboratories have been designated
by the French Government to make analysis and issue certificates pursuant
thereto. A certificate issued by either the "Laboratoire Central De Recherches
Et D'Analyses" or the "Station Agronomique Et Oenologique De Bordeaux" will be
acceptable to effect release of the Brandies covered thereby from Customs
Where French brandies are exported after June 1, 1961, to another
country prior to shipment to the United States, such brandies may not be
released from Customs custody in the United States unless accompanied by a
certificate issued by a duly authorized officer of such other country certi-
fying that the brandy was received from France, accompanied by French
certificates of age and origin and certificates of analysis issued by
( name of Laboratory ), and while in such other country was not blended
or otherwise treated prior to shipment to the United States.
Inquiries. Correspondence regarding this Circular should refer to its
number and be addressed to the Director, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division (O:AT:B),
Washington 25, D. C.
Dwight E. Avis
Director, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division