HB 2171 passed the Oregon Legislature just days prior to the end of the regular session. The new legislation removes reciprocal language from Oregon’s current wine shipping laws. In its place, HB 2171 creates a direct shipping permit system. In essence, the direct shipping permit will be available to all wineries and retailers who wish to ship wines directly to Oregon consumers.
HB 2171 allows a direct shipping permit holder to ship up to two nine-liter cases/month to Oregon consumers above the age of 21. Packages must be marked with age restrictions and signed for by a person 21 years of age or older at the time of delivery. Permit holders are responsible for all privilege taxes due under Oregon Revised Statutes Chapter 473.030. The fee for the direct shipping permit is $50.00/year. In addition to the permit fee, applicants must maintain a $1,000.00 bond.
If signed by Governor Ted Kulongoski, HB 2171 will take effect on January 1, 2008.