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e-CFR data is current as of March 26, 2020

Title 27Chapter ISubchapter APart 19Subpart P → Subject Group


Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms
PART 19—DISTILLED SPIRITS PLANTS
Subpart P—Transfers, Receipts, and Withdrawals


Marking Requirements for Imported Spirits

§19.414   Marks on containers of imported spirits.

(a) General. Except as provided in paragraph (c) of this section, when a proprietor receives imported bulk containers of spirits on bonded premises under §19.409 or fills packages from imported bulk containers on the proprietor's bonded premises, each container or filled package must be marked with:

(1) The name of the importer;

(2) The country of origin of the spirits;

(3) The kind of spirits;

(4) In the case of filled packages, the package identification number as required under §19.485 or the package serial number as required under §19.490. Package identification numbers and package serial numbers must be preceded by the symbol “IMP”;

(5) If the package is filled on bonded premises, the date of fill;

(6) The proof; and

(7) The proof gallons of spirits in the package.

(b) Responsibility for marks. Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (c) of this section, the proprietor who receives packages of imported spirits under §19.409 is responsible for ensuring that the required marks are placed on the packages and for preparing the required deposit records.

(c) Exception. A proprietor is not required to place or ensure the placement of prescribed marks on packages when the spirits will be removed from the packages within 30 days after receipt at the distilled spirits plant. However, the proprietor must still assign package identification numbers or package serial numbers for use on deposit records and other transaction forms, records, or reports.

(26 U.S.C. 5206)

§19.415   Marks on containers of Puerto Rican and Virgin Islands spirits.

(a) Packages from Puerto Rico. When a proprietor receives packages of Puerto Rican spirits on bonded premises under the provisions of this subpart, the markings required under §26.40 of this chapter will be acceptable in place of the markings required under §19.414. However, the proprietor still must mark each package to show the date of fill as required under §19.410, and must include on each package the words “Puerto Rican” or the abbreviation “P.R.”.

(b) Packages from the Virgin Islands. When a proprietor receives packages of Virgin Islands spirits on bonded premises under the provisions of this subpart, the markings required under §26.206 of this chapter will be acceptable in place of the markings required under §19.414. However, the proprietor still must mark each package to show the date of fill as required under §19.410, and must include on each package the words “Virgin Islands” or the abbreviation “V.I.”.

(c) Portable bulk containers. Portable bulk containers of Puerto Rican or Virgin Islands spirits that are filled on bonded premises must be marked in accordance with §19.484. In addition, those containers must be marked with the serial number of any approved formula under which they were produced and with the words “Puerto Rican” or the abbreviation “P.R.” or “Virgin Islands” or the “V.I.”, as applicable.

(d) Cases of bottled alcohol. Alcohol from Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands that is bottled and cased on bonded premises must be marked as required by §19.496. In addition, the words “Puerto Rican” or “Virgin Islands” or the abbreviation “P.R.” or “V.I.”, respectively, must precede the word “alcohol” designation on the cases.

(26 U.S.C. 5206, 5235)

[T.D. TTB-92, 76 FR 9090, Feb. 16, 2011, as amended by T.D. TTB-146, 82 FR 1123, Jan. 4, 2017]

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