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New Permits for Importers of Tobacco Products Extended to Five Years

Thursday, June 27, 2013
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The Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is temporarily amending its regulations to extend from three years to five years the duration of new permits for importers of tobacco products and processed tobacco. Based on its experience in the administration and enforcement of importer permits over the past decade , the TTB believes that this change will allow it to gain administrative efficiencies and reduce the burden on industry members while still meeting the purposes of the limited-duration permit.

This rule also (a) amends the definition of “manufacturer of tobacco products” to reflect a recent statutory change, (b) amends a reference to the sale price of large cigars to incorporate a clarification published in a prior TTB temporary rule, and (c) incorporates and reissues TTB regulations pertaining to importer permit requirements for tobacco products and minimum manufacturing and marking requirements for tobacco products and cigarette papers and tubes.

As a result of this temporary rule, permits issued on or after Aug. 26 and through Aug. 26, 2016, will be valid for five years from the date of issuance. Any application for an original permit received prior to Aug. 26 and still pending as of that date will be processed as an application for a five-year permit.  

The TTB has also issued a proposed rule containing these same changes and is accepting public comments on it through Aug. 26.

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