PROBLEMS INVOLVING EXPORTATION OF WINE
Proprietors of Bonded Wine Cellars, Taxpaid Wine Bottling
Houses, and Others Concerned:
Purpose. The purpose of this circular is to inform
you that ATF has established a contact point for wine
exporters to report incidents of rejection or material
delay in entering U. S. wine into foreign countries.
Background. From time to time we have learned of
numerous problems which face U. S. wine exporters in
gaining entry of their products into foreign markets.
In recent months the problems have become more preva-
lent, particularly in the case of exportations to mem-
ber states of the European Economic Community (EEC).
Over the past several years, the Treasury Department
has, with assistance from the Agriculture and State
Departments and the Office of the Special Trade Repre-
sentative, held ongoing consultations with officials
of the EEC concerning wine problems. Little progress
has been made toward easing the burdens U. S. wine
exporters face in entering wine into member states of
the EEC, and some additional problems have been encoun-
tered. So that we may identify precisely what problems
U. S. wine exporters are encountering, we have estab-
lished a contact point within ATF for exporters to
transmit the facts concerning each rejection or mater-
ial delay by foreign countries of exported U. S. wine.
While we are primarily interested in problems encoun-
tered in entering wines into EEC markets, we would
also like to be informed of problems encountered in
entering wines into other foreign markets. Information
gathered through this process will be evaluated for
the purpose of determining whether future consultations
regarding wine problems are necessary.
Contact Point. U. S. exporters whose wines are
rejected from, or subjected to a material delay in,
entry into foreign markets should transmit the facts
surrounding the incident to the Chief, Rulings Branch.
Reports may be made in writing or by telephone. Written
reports should be sent to:
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
Washington, DC 20226
Attn: Chief, Rulings Branch, Room 6209
Oral reports may be telephoned to 202-566-7531.
As a minimum, your reports should include the follow-
1. The name and address of the U. S. firm which ex-
ported the wine and the name and telephone number of the
representative of the firm who may be contacted about
2. The name and address of the foreign firm which
will be receiving the wine and the name and telephone
number of the representative of the firm who may be con-
tacted about the shipment.
3. The points of origin and final destination of the
4. The foreign country into which the shipment was
initially entered and, if applicable, a listing of
other countries through which the shipment is planned
5. The quantity, size and number of containers, and
the type of wine shipped. Identify also special features
of the wine such as varietal, vintage, religious, and
6. Details regarding when, where, and why the ship-
ment was stopped.
7. Identify whether you have encountered this same
difficulty in the past and, if so, in which foreign
The State Department has agreed to assist in the
resolution of problems surrounding U. S. wine exporta-
tions. Accordingly, we will relay the information con-
tained in your reports to the appropriate State Depart-
ment officials and will try to assist you in whatever
way we can. However, you should understand that we
obviously cannot be completely conversant with all the
various foreign government requirements and, therefore,
you should be as specific as possible as to the cause
of the rejection or delay of your wines.
Where practicable, we will advise you of the outcome
of the State Department's resolution efforts. However,
please recognize that our principal roles are (1) to
assist you in bringing your problems to the attention
of the appropriate officials for resolution and (2) to
gather a history of problems for possible future consul-
tations with involved foreign governments.
Inquiries. Inquiries concerning this circular should
be referred to the Chief, Rulings Branch, at the address
Rex D. Davis