SHIPMENT OF SAMPLES FOR LABORATORY ANALYSIS
Proprietors of Distilled Spirits Plants, Bonded Wine Cellars,
Breweries, Importers, Taxpaid Wine Bottling Houses,
Wholesalers and Others Concerned.
This circular is to inform industry members of the procedures to be
used in submitting alcoholic beverage samples, for analysis, to the
National Laboratory Center, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
On numerous occasions in the past, improperly shipped samples have
either incurred large storage fees or been returned because the
consignor did not follow through on the transport of the samples to
insure that they would be delivered to the actual addressee.
It is the responsibility of the industry member or representative
submitting samples to insure that such samples are transported
directly to the ATF National Laboratory Center. Samples must be
transported by commercial carrier as postal regulations prohibit the
deposit of samples in the mails. "All spirituous, vinous, malted,
fermented, or other intoxicating liquors of any kind are nonmailable
and shall not be deposited in or carried through the mails." (18
To insure receipt, samples must be commercially transported and ad-
dressed to the National Laboratory Center, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco
and Firearms, Chemical Branch-Alcoholic Beverage, 1401 Research
Boulevard, Rockville, Maryland 20850, on a "PREPAID" (Domestic
Shipments) or "FREE DOMICILE BASIS" (Foreign Shipments). The terms
"Prepaid" or "Free Domicile Basis" on any domestic or foreign
shipment, respectively, will insure delivery; fees will be collected
subsequent to delivery in lieu of returning the shipment because
freight could not be secured. Details may be obtained from the
Inquiries concerning this circular should refer to its number and be
addressed to the Assistant Director (Regulatory Enforcement), Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC, 20226.