Miscellaneous documents and general notices published in the Federal Register by TTB are listed below.
01/10/2017 – Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment – Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act. In Notice No. 170, TTB announces that the maximum penalty for violations of the Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act of 1988 (ABLA) is being adjusted in accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended. Prior to the publication of this notice, any person who violated the provisions of the ABLA was subject to a civil penalty of not more than $19,787, with each day constituting a separate offense. This notice announces that this maximum penalty is being increased to $20,111 for penalties assessed after January 10, 2017. ABLA requires a health warning statement to appear on all containers of alcoholic beverages sold or distributed in the United States, as well as such containers sold or distributed to members of the U.S. armed forces, including those stationed overseas. Under this law, any person who violates the ABLA is subject to a civil penalty, with each day constituting a separate offense. You may view Notice No. 170 and any related supporting documents within Regulations.gov docket number TTB–2017–0001.
01/09/2017 – TTB Cancels ITDS Pilot Test. TTB announces, effective December 31, 2016, the cancelation of its pilot program in which importers, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and TTB tested, as part of the International Trade Data System (ITDS) project, the electronic collection of import-related data required by TTB and the transfer of that data to TTB. This pilot test is no longer needed as TTB has amended its regulations to permanently provide importers with the option to file import-related data electronically along with the filing of the entry or entry summary with CBP (for details on these amendments, see T.D. TTB-145, Amendments to Streamline Importation and Facilitate Use of the International Trade Data System).