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Distilled Spirits Industry Circulars

Over the years TTB and its predecessor agencies have issued "Industry Circulars" to help industry members understand and comply with applicable laws and regulations.

Below you will find TTB industry circulars pertaining to the distilled spirits industry.

Please note that these circulars may be modified, superseded, or made obsolete by changes in laws and regulations and may not be a complete listing of all current and valid industry circulars.

For more industry circulars, click here.

  • 2012-2 - Tie-In Sales - An Unlawful Trade Practice
  • 2012-1 - Guidance Regarding Industry Members' Participation in Retail Programs
  • 2011-4 - Streamlining the Certificate of Label Approval Review Process
  • 2011-2 - Application of Alcohol Beverage Advertising Regulations to Television Advertising
  • 2011-1 - Application of Alcohol Beverage Advertising Regulations to Media Personality Sponsorships
  • 2010-8 - Alcohol Beverages Containing Added Caffeine
  • 2010-6 - Voluntary Alcohol Beverage Recalls
  • 2010-4, Country of Origin Certification Requirements for Imported Wines and Distilled Spirits
  • 2007–5 Use of the Term Absinthe for Distilled Spirits
  • 2007-4 Pre-COLA Product Evaluation
  • 2007–3 Country of Origin Certification Requirements for Imported Wines and Distilled Spirits
  • 2006-3 Standard of Identity for Tequila
  • 2006-2 Use of Genetically Modified Materials and Export Implications
  • 2005-3 Extended Deadlines for Businesses Affected by Hurricane Katrina
  • 2005-1 Pay.gov Updated with Distilled Spirits Operational Reports
  • 2004-6 Alcohol Beverage Advertising Program
  • 2004-5 Voluntary Disclosure Program
  • 2004-4 Guidelines for Submitting Operational Reports
  • 2004-3 FAQs
  • 2004-3 Alcohol and Tobacco Export Documentation Procedures
  • 2004-2 Using Pay.gov To Submit Alcohol and Tobacco Excise Tax Returns, Tax Payments, and Operational Reports
  • 2004-1 COLAs Online - eApplication Process
  • 2003-6 COLAs Online
  • 2003-5 TTB Form 5100.31, Application for and Certification/Exemption of Label/Bottle Approval (COLA)
  • 2003-3 Tie-In Sales - An Unlawful Trade Practice NOTE: Superseded by Industry Circular 2012-2
  • 2003-1 Establishment of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
  • 2002-5 COLAs online
  • 2002-2 Pre-COLA product evaluation
  • 2000-2 Exportation of distilled spirits, wine, beer & tobacco products without payment of tax

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Page last reviewed/updated: 12/01/2016

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