On December 22, 2016, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published in the Federal Register a final rule [Docket No. TTB–2016–0004; T.D. TTB–145; Ref: Notice No. 159] amending the TTB regulations governing the importation of distilled spirits, wine, beer and malt beverages, tobacco products, processed tobacco, and cigarette papers and tubes. The amendments in the document clarify and streamline import procedures, and support the implementation of the International Trade Data System and the filing of import information electronically. The amendments include providing the option for importers to file import-related data electronically when filing entry or entry summary data electronically with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), as an alternative to current TTB requirements that importers submit paper documents to CBP upon importation.

The rule primarily addresses amendments to the TTB regulations to facilitate the electronic filing of information with CBP, and, as a result, distilled spirits, wine, and beer brought into the United States from Puerto Rico are not addressed in the document, because shipments of such products from Puerto Rico (which is part of the Customs Territory of the United States) do not pass through customs custody.

The final rule is effective December 31, 2016.