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Destination USA: What you need to know to ship well

23 April 2021
6 minutes of reading

Between customs taxes and specific regulations, how to export serenely to the United States? Checklist of essentials that require good support.

Since October 18, 2019, customs duties on European wines, up to 25%, have been imposed by the United States. A tax extended since January 12, 2021 which has undermined the export market to the United States (read our post “Exporting wines to the USA: what the Trump tax changes for French winegrowers” ). At the beginning of March 2021, these American customs duties were suspended for four months. A relief for the French wine market, which estimates its losses at more than 400 million euros in 2020. Although the effective date of this suspension has not yet been made official, this news gives hope for a potential end to the wine trade war between Europe and the United States. Why is it complex to export wine to the United States? The history of alcohol consumption and distribution in the United States reflects a complex and ambiguous relationship of this people with alcohol. Since Prohibition in the 1920s, states have repeatedly sought to curtail the issue by regulating and controlling the alcohol industry, and collecting taxes on alcoholic products. Since 1933, each state has been left free to decide when and how it controls the production and distribution of alcohol within its territory. A differentiated organization that generates variations and exceptions that are sometimes difficult to follow. Since 1935, a three-tier system requires any alcoholic beverage to pass successively through: an importer, a distributor and a retailer before being sold to the final consumer. A system that needs to be clear about the regulatory requirements of each of the stakeholders. How to calmly export your wine to the United States? Various documents are essential to provide to export your wine to the United States in order to ensure its compliance with the regulations imposed by the FDA (Food Drug Administration) and by the TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau” – Collector of Federal Excise Taxes and Manager of Import Permit Issuance). Vignoblexport accompanies you in these formalities to allow you to export serenely: We accompany you for all the administrative procedures:

SENDING YOUR WINE TO THE UNITED STATES: WHAT OBLIGATIONS? Download via your Vignoblexport extranet : > Our "United States" country sheet with all the useful information for a shipment in good and due form. > Our “Exporting to the United States” checklist so that you don’t forget anything during your shipment.

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