Recently, we’ve heard confirmation from a few folks about what we predicted in February. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (LCC) has begun cracking down on direct wine shippers. Sting investigations have been reported by wineries, specifically around rules that require license numbers on packages and the usage of language stating the shipment contains alcohol.
We want to provide a quick refresher on the rules so you don’t get stung in Michigan.
Wine shipments to Michigan for offsite sales require a label on top of the shipping container with:
- The direct shipper license number.
- The order number.
- The address of the individual placing the order.
- The name of the designated recipient.*
*If different from the individual placing the order.
Additionally, don’t forget that:
- A shipping permit is required.
- Age verification is necessary for every shipment. This post on improving your age verification process can help.
- There are volume limits. Michigan is one of only a few states that have an “aggregate volume limit.” This means you can only ship 1,500 cases per calendar year combined to Michigan residents.
- You must remit sales and excise tax on every shipment.
- Labels must be registered with the state prior to shipping.
- The name, address, date of birth, and telephone number of the person placing the order should be collected.
It’s also important to note wineries are being audited in the state. Now’s the time to double check your compliance to avoid paying the costly penalties. Need some guidance? Contact us and we’ll make sure you’re taken care of.