Tennessee Governor Signs Workable Fulfillment Legislation

The Tennessee legislature has passed and the Governor has signed a bill that requires licensing and reporting by fulfillment houses and reporting of DTC shipment information by wineries. The bill(s), as originally filed, would have banned the use of fulfillment houses for DTC wine sales. Wine Institute worked with stakeholders and the ABC to craft a compromise that will allow the continued use of fulfillment houses for DTC. The reporting requirements are quarterly and require the usual information on recipients, volumes, and carrier tracking numbers. Fulfillment house licensing and reporting in addition to winery reporting will be required after Jan. 1, 2022. Until then, wineries may continue to operate their businesses as usual including the use of fulfillment houses. After Jan. 1, 2022, only fulfillment houses licensed in Tennessee may be used.