The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) has approved a new license and permit fee structure that will become effective on Sept. 1, 2021, and includes a change in the Out-of-State Winery Direct Shipper and Nonresident Seller permit fees. After several discussions between TABC and Wine Institute, TABC proposed a new, significantly lower fee for the DTC permit. At the most recent TABC meeting, Wine Institute’s Central States Counsel, Tyler Rudd, testified in support of the amended proposed Direct Shipper’s fee and praised the TABC for its open mindedness. The TABC approved the new two-year fee for the Out-of-State Winery Direct Shipper Permit at $500 and approved the Nonresident Seller Permit at $1,800, both fees greatly reduced from the initially proposed $1,700 and $2,100, respectively.
Additionally, on Sept. 1, the TABC is launching a new electronic Alcohol Industry Management System. Important guidance for TABC license and permit holders about when and how to begin doing business with TABC using the new system may be found on the TABC’s website.