The Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is adopting as a final rule, without change, a June 2013 temporary rule amending its regulations to extend from three years to five years the duration of new permits for importers of tobacco products and processed tobacco. This rule also (a) amends the definition of “manufacturer of tobacco products” to reflect a 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.

The temporary rule would have expired Aug. 26. With the adoption of this final rule all covered permits will continue to be valid for five years from the date of issuance.

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