The Governor of Missouri has signed SB 299 transitioning Missouri from a reciprocal state to a permit state. The new permit law requires all wineries to obtain a direct shipping permit before shipping wine to Missouri consumers. There is no fee for the direct shipping permit and it must be renewed annually. Wineries with an approved permit can ship up to two cases of wine each month to a consumer. The new law also requires wineries to submit a report by January 31 of each year stating the total amount of wine shipped into the state the preceding year and pay excise taxes. The provisions of the bill will become effective on August 28, 2007. The direct shipping permit application and reporting forms will be posted on the Wine Institute website once they become available. For more information please contact Annie Bones in the State Relations Department at 415-356-7530.