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July 20, 2017
For Immediate Release

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Tom Hogue, info@ttb.gov
202-453-2180

TTB and Florida Authorities Conduct Joint Trade Practice Investigations

FY–17–08

Tobacco Importer Charged with Failure to Pay Federal Excise TaxesMiami, Florida —This week, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) conducted a joint operation with Special Agents from the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT), Miami District Office, targeting alleged "pay to play" schemes in the greater Miami area. This is the largest trade practice enforcement operation that TTB has initiated to date.

"Pay to play," also known as "slotting fees," is an unlawful trade practice that hurts law-abiding industry members and limits consumer choice.

TTB takes its responsibility to actively enforce a level playing field very seriously and appreciates this opportunity to work together with our law enforcement partners in Florida to ensure that existing industry members and smaller businesses just entering the marketplace can compete based on customer service and consumer preference rather than on their ability to buy shelf space.

For more information regarding unlawful trade practices, please visit our Trade Practices Laws and Regulations page.

Report potential trade practice violations to TTB at tradepractices@ttb.gov.

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