Bottle Strip Stamps
Proprietors of distilled spirits plants,
importers and others concerned:
Purpose. This circular is to advise you that all shipping or delivery charges for
bottle strip stamps shipped direct from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington,
D. C., are paid by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and such stamps are laden
by use of a Government Bill of Lading.
Background. It has been brought to our attention that requests have been made to some
of you for payment of a $25.00 delivery charge prior to unloading the stamps at your premises.
This misunderstanding apparently results from delivery company employees not being informed
about the Railway Express Agency's strip stamp delivery policies.
Suggested Procedure. In order to insure that bottle strip stamps which are shipped
direct from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing are delivered to you free of charge and to
correct the existing problem, the following procedure is suggested:
(1) Refuse to make any payment to the truck driver delivering the
(2) Request the truck driver to wait while you telephone, collect,
Mr. Frank Miller, REA Government Traffic Manager, and advise
him that you have been asked to pay delivery charges for strip
stamps consigned to you. Mr. Miller's telephone number is
(202) 899-1695 and he can be contacted between the hours of
8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., EDT; and
(3) Mr. Miller will personally speak to the truck driver and advise
him that present REA policy does not require a shipping or delivery
charge to be collected from consignees for delivery of bottle strip
stamps shipped direct from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
Inquiries. Inquiries concerning this circular should refer to its number and be
addressed to your
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Rex D. Davis