Listing category: "Louisiana"

State Spotlight: DtC Sellers Face Unique Challenges in Louisiana

When most people think of Louisiana and alcohol, they likely get visions of a Mardi Gras parade down Bourbon Street. Being steeped in the world of alcohol compliance, however, our thoughts tend more towards what are the unique regulations that affect beverage alcohol suppliers looking to sell there. And Louisiana has some pretty unique rules. […]

Renew Louisiana and South Dakota 3-tier labels to continue selling in 2017

November marks the beginning of the holiday season. This year, we want to help you cross one more to-do off of your list so you have more time to spend with friends, family, and a steaming mug of hot toddy. Although the deadline for label renewals is December 31 in Louisiana and South Dakota, we’d […]

Louisiana DtC Permit Application Now Available

The application form for a Louisiana Direct Wine Shipper permit and application instructions for a direct wine shipper permit are now available on the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) and Wine Institute websites. Pursuant to Act 637 (effective July 1, 2016) of the 2016 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, LA R.S. […]

Louisiana Governor Signs Improved Consumer Wine Shipping Bill into Law

On June 22, 2016, Louisiana Governor Edwards signed legislation (HB 667) into law which will allow wineries holding a Direct Wine Shipper permit to ship wine directly to consumers (DtC) in Louisiana, without requiring the consumer to visit the winery—as long as the wine has not been assigned to a Louisiana wholesaler. The newly-signed law removes […]

Louisiana Label Registrations: Updates You Need to Know

If you’ve been keeping up with the ShipCompliant blog, you’ll remember our recent post about changes in Louisiana’s registration and label review of alcoholic beverages processes. As a reminder, this process was previously done by the Department of Health and Hospitals. Now, the Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) has taken on this responsibility. Today the ATC […]

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Out of the Alcohol Labeling Business

Despite having an Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC), Louisiana has long held the authority for the registration and label review of alcoholic beverages under the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH). Their responsibilities also included the registration of prophylactics, drugs, cosmetics, and seafood. Once the HB 331 is signed into law, the authority […]

Wine Retailers Can Only Ship to 14 States

  Since the 2005 Granholm v. Heald Supreme Court decision addressing the interstate direct shipment of wine, the number of states allowing out-of-state wineries to ship directly to consumers has increased from 31 states to 42. The experience for licensed wine retailers (for example: brick and mortar wine shops, California Type 85 or 20 licensees […]

Is the Marketplace Fairness Act Fair for Wineries?

In short, yes, for a couple of reasons: 1. Wineries already pay sales tax in most states 2. The vast majority of wineries will likely be exempt from the law So what is it, exactly? Senate Bill S. 743, more commonly known as the “Marketplace Fairness Act“, is a pretty simple bill that would give […]

Louisiana Increases Volume Limit for DTC Shipping

Louisiana recently made an adjustment to its direct-to-consumer wine shipping law that benefits the industry and consumers. The volume limit for direct-to-consumer shipping has increased from 4 cases per consumer each year to 12 cases (144 750ml bottles) per consumer each year. Wineries must have a direct shipping permit in order to ship to consumers […]

Louisiana Shipping Rules

In response to questions about shipping wine to Louisiana, I thought a short summary of direct-to-consumer wine shipping rules was in order. Louisiana regulations do not prohibit wineries with a relationship with a licensed wholesaler in Louisiana from making off-site direct-to-consumer shipments. The Alcohol and Tobacco Control Office allows a winery to direct ship any […]

Summary of changing states

Wow, there have been a lot of changes to direct shipping laws this year and we are not even at the six month mark! Many reciprocal and prohibited states are becoming permit states. This is good news for wineries and consumers, but it is hard to keep track of all the changes. There are several […]

Legislation update

There has been a flurry of wine legislation activity around the country recently… Indiana: House Bill 1016 was approved by the Indiana House and Senate and awaits signature from the governor. This is one of the stranger bills out there to say the least. It allows for limited direct shipments from both in-state and out-of-state […]