Third-Party Provider Reports for Illinois Due

The Illinois Liquor Control Commission has issued details regarding a new report required to be filed by third-party providers facilitating direct to consumer (DtC) shipments into Illinois. Third-party providers are any parties, expect for common carriers, who have been authorized to ship wine on behalf of a licensed direct shipper winery.

Under a set of rules, which became effective January 1, 2017, when applying for a new or renewed direct shipper license, wineries must submit the name and address of all third-party providers they authorize to ship wine on their behalf to Illinois (state notice provided here). In addition, third-party providers are required to report the shipments they’ve made in the previous year.

 

The first report, for shipments made in calendar year 2017, is due on February 1, 2018. The report should be emailed to Joseph.Z.Jones@Illinois.gov.

 

Third-party provider reports must include the following data for each shipment:

  • Name, address, and IL Direct Shipper license number of the winery who promulgated the shipment;
  • Name and address of the IL recipient
  • Package tracking number from the common carrier
  • Ship date
  • Number of bottles in the shipment
  • Date of the shipment

In addition, all records and documents containing data related to these shipments should be kept on file for three years.

A version of the report has been made available by Wine Institute, on their IL State Shipping Laws page, available here. Or third-party providers can create their own version, as long as it contains all of the required data.

 

For questions, please contact:

Zoel Jones

Illinois Liquor Control Commission

Enforcement Division

100 W Randolph St

Chicago, IL 60601

MC 7-801

(312)814-2604 (Office)

Joseph.Z.Jones@Illinois.gov

 

Licensed Direct Shipper wineries are reminded that as the license holder, they may be held responsible for the acts and breaches of responsibility of their authorized third-party providers.

 

Download the free 2018 Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report to learn more about the DtC wine shipping channel’s continued explosive growth.

2 Comments

  1. Michael Adams

    Very interesting. This sounds like an effort by someone to find out how much all specific individuals, by name and address, who order wine online, are drinking every month. Is this data in the public domain or somehow accessible to a variety of people/agencies?
    Individuals who purchase wine at a wine shop are not tracked, ounce by ounce alcohol consumption, like this. Are they suggestion that there should be parity, and the local wine shop customers should also be tracked, as to alcohol consumption and date? If not, then there appears to be a “levelling” issue with this regulation.
    Just a suggestion….

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    • Alex Koral - Industry Relations Advisor

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for the comments. You bring up several interesting points, but I think your fears may be overblown. States require these reports to review DtC shipments coming into their borders, to ensure that they’re meeting the state’s regulatory requirements, such as, that only properly licensed wineries are initiating the shipments, that taxes are being paid, and that any caps state imposes on how much a winery can ship to a resident in a given period aren’t being exceeded (for instance, a winery can ship no more than 12 cases of wine per year to any given Illinois resident). Ostensibly, these reports are designed to monitor the sellers, not the consumption of the purchasers; and these reports are generally not made publicly available — only tax and alcohol control boards should be reviewing these reports. And indeed, wines sold by local wine shops are already monitored by the state, though more at the wholesale distribution level, to again ensure that taxes are being collected, products being sold conform to the state’s rules, and that parties involved are properly licensed and not violating any other of the myriad of rules that govern the sale of beverage alcohol. While they may sometimes seem to go over the top, reporting requirements on parties engaged in DtC sales of wine are largely meant to level the playing field with other distributions of beverage alcohol.

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