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November 8, 2013


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a merry and propitious week! This week's top stories include an announcement about our new processing times menu item at TTB Mobile, information about our AVA manual and our International Import/Export requirements guide, and a list of the most popular pages at TTB.gov (now in the column to the right).

APPLICATION PROCESSING TIMES ARE ONLY A CLICK AWAY AT TTB MOBILE

Processing TimesWith TTB Mobile, our most up-to-date processing times for labels, formulas, and permits are now simply a click away!

We added a Processing Times menu item to our TTB Mobile home page, so visitors to our new mobile site will be able to quickly check current application (e.g., labels, permits, formulas) processing times. Our goal is to give you quick, online access to an up-to-date estimate of the average number of days we are taking to process applications.

Look for the new menu item under the common topics of interest for TTB industry members (Start a Business, How To, Tools, and Guidance).

 

TTB'S AVA MANUAL EXPLAINS HOW TO PREPARE AN AMERICAN VITICULTURAL AREA PETITION

At TTB.gov, we have an American viticultural area (AVA) manual available to assist persons who wish to petition TTB for the creation or modification of an AVA. TTB's AVA manual, How to Prepare an American Viticultural Area (AVA) Petition, includes guidance on how to prepare a petition and evaluate information on distinguishing features. We encourage petitioners to review the manual before drafting or submitting a petition.

We maintain a list of established AVAs at TTB.gov. We also maintain a list of perfected AVA petitions that we have accepted for consideration; these petitions have met all requirements but we have yet to determine whether to move forward with a notice of proposed rulemaking.

An AVA is a defined grape-growing region within the United States having the distinguishing features, name, and delineated boundary described in TTB's AVA regulations (see 27 CFR part 9). The use of an AVA name on a label allows vintners and consumers to attribute a given quality, reputation, or other characteristic of a wine made from grapes grown in a certain area to its geographical origin. So the establishment of AVAs allows vintners to describe more accurately the origin of their wines to consumers, and, in turn, helps consumers to geographically identify wines that they may purchase.

Establishment of an AVA is neither an approval nor an endorsement by TTB of a wine that carries that AVA name.

ALCOHOL BEVERAGE IMPORT/EXPORT REQUIREMENTS GUIDE

Our International Trade Division has compiled a guide to offer information on international import requirements, such as licensing, labeling, and taxation considerations, for various countries for beer, wine, and distilled spirits.  The information in this guide has been sourced from foreign governmental agencies and organizations, the Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service, and possibly from additional external sources.

International conditions change frequently, so this guide may not always reflect the most recent requirements.  An exporter should verify the requirements for importing into a particular foreign country before commencing trade. 

This guide does not contain a complete listing of all U.S. trading partners - it is simply a "starting point" for exporters interested in the requirements for the listed countries.

Contact the International Trade Division for more information about the exportation of alcohol beverages to a country not included in this guide, or for any other related questions. For a listing of documents needed by some countries for export, please visit our export documents page.

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