A new rule requiring that wineries shipping to Louisiana consumers place their Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) Direct Shipper Permit number on the package will go into effect July 13. However, Wine Institute has reached an agreement with the ATC Commissioner to move the permit number to the invoice that is already required inside the package. The ATC intends to amend the rule and pending the amendment the Commissioner has agreed not to enforce the requirement to display the permit number on the outside of each package. Wine Institute recommends that wineries begin the practice of including the ATC Direct Shipper Permit number on the invoice enclosed in the package immediately.
As a reminder, wineries must register with the Louisiana Department of Revenue and obtain a Direct Shipper Permit from ATC prior to making direct-to-consumer wine shipments into the state. More details and links to the application forms are available on the Wine Institute Direct Shipping site.