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  • How to make compliant shipments to Arkansas

    Following up on Sarah’s post about the new permit applications being available in Arkansas, we wanted to give you a quick update on how we’re handling some of the unique requirements in the Arkansas law. The bottom line is that you can now make compliant shipments to Arkansas if you’ve completed the permit process. Continue reading below for the full details of how we implemented this new state in ShipCompliant…

    1) We deployed the updates to production last night. We also activated the appropriate rules in the ShipCompliant Direct database. The first thing to note is that this permit allows you to make onsite shipments only. Therefore, if you pass in a shipment with an Order Type of Internet, Phone, Mail, Fax, or Club (all of which map to an “Offsite” Sale Type), the order response will be Non Compliant. Shipments with an Order Type of In Person will results in a Sale Type of Onsite and therefore will be compliant if all other rules checked are also compliant.

    2) Because the Arkansas DFA is going to accept the FedEx and UPS standard alcohol shipping labels and stickers as meeting the requirement for special shipping labels, we did not add any custom rules to comply with this provision. Using your standard alcohol shipping practices here will achieve compliance with respect to the labeling provision.

    3) We did add a new rule called for the provision that requires all shipments to be delivered to a residential address. If you are using version 1.1 or 1.2 of the API will see this rule type come through as Business Address Shipping Prohibited. Please work with Emily Sheehan, our Integration Specialist, if you have any questions about handling or testing this new rule type. The rule is live now in Arkansas in our sandbox (dev) and demo (demo) environments.

    4) When shipments are sent to ShipCompliant, they are checked for compliance against our rules database and that process always includes an address validation step prior to determining the rules that are applicable for that shipment. As part of our algorithm for validating addresses, we’ll always set the Residential Business Delivery Indicator (RBDI) flag to either R for Residential or B for Business per USPS standards. When checking this new rule type for compliance, we’ll look at that flag and only shipments with an RBDI set to R will pass the compliance check process.

    In summary, if you have a permit and make an onsite shipment to a residential address in Arkansas, an order will now pass the compliance check process in ShipCompliant once you acknowledge the new rules in ShipCompliant Direct. We’ve included two sample XML responses below to illustrate both compliant and non-compliant shipments to Arkansas.


    Arkansas opens for wine shipments, but only for onsite sales going to private residences


    Wineries may now apply for an Arkansas “Wine Shipping Permit”, making the state available to onsite direct wine shipments only for the first time. The application for the $25 license may only be obtained by calling the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division (the ABC’s number is 501-682-1105) and requesting an application be sent to the winery applicant. Once the application for the ABC has been submitted, the applicant can begin the process of obtaining sales tax and vinous liquor excise tax licenses. The entire process could take up to three to four weeks to complete. Upon receipt of approved licenses, the winery may then begin to legally ship direct-to-consumer wine orders to Arkansas residents.

    Requirements of the Licensee

    1. Licensed Wine Shippers may ship up to one case to an Arkansas resident per calendar quarter.
    2. Licensees must regularly remit excise taxes, vinous liquor excise tax (3%) and state sales tax (6.5%). Please note, if you register online to pay taxes, you will be required to file and pay online (strongly recommended). Similarly, if you register via paper application to pay taxes, you will be required to file and pay using paper forms.
    3. Arkansas is the only state that requires wineries to obtain a license to ship onsite-only orders (placed in person at the winery) unlike the other onsite-only states, open via Federal Onsite (Delaware, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and South Dakota). Internet, club and phone orders are not allowed.
    4. As noted in our previous blog post, a special shipping label must be on every shipment; however, the alcohol-specific shipping labels provided by UPS and FedEx will satisfy this requirement.
    5. Wineries may only ship to residential addresses (no shipping to businesses or commercial locations), a requirement unique to the state of Arkansas.

    Resources:
    - Sample Arkansas Wine Shipping Permit and Instructions (call the state’s ABC to obtain your individual application – 501-682-1105)
    - Online Registration for Sales and Vinous Liquor Excise Taxes (click on “New Business Registration”; online registration is recommended)
    - Further instruction on how to register for a Sales Tax Permit
    - Act 483, To Permit the Direct Shipment of Vinous Liquor from a Winery to Arkansas Residents

    South Dakota Takes Wine Product Registration Online

    Product renewals for 2014 in South Dakota can now be done online. South Dakota now joins Arkansas as one of the most recent states to institute on-line product registrations, continuing the trend toward digital product registration, away from the realm of pulp and fiber and into the digital space.

    Suppliers of wine, spirits and beer to South Dakota can complete their product registration renewals for 2014 via South Dakota’s new on-line product registration portal. Paper-based product registration is still an option – forms, fees and instructions for paper registration are available on South Dakota’s Special Tax Division website.

    HOW SOUTH DAKOTA’S ON-LINE PRODUCT REGISTRATION WORKS
    To utilize the new South Dakota on-line product registration portal, suppliers will need their 4-digit “BR License Number” (provided in a recent communication from the state) as well as an email address. Upon logging in, suppliers will see a list of all currently registered products associated with their BR License Number. Suppliers need merely click the box next to the product they would like to renew for distribution in 2014. Should suppliers find that they would like to edit any details of their products (i.e. to add a COLA # or edit the label description), it is possible to easily edit details of any product. All renewals are preliminarily approved upon submission. State fees for on-line registration of wine products is $30 for an initial label of a brand and $22.50 for subsequent labels under the same brand. The fee for on-line registration of beer is $30 per label, and for spirits $55 per label. Payment may be made by credit card or check.

    South Dakota’s new on-line product registration will allow suppliers to more quickly register new products, renew, and edit products currently licensed and in distribution in the state.

    Anyone with any questions, please leave a comment here, or contact Tonna Finch at the SD Department of Revenue by email, or by phone at 605-773-5397.

    Wine & Spirit Suppliers to Arkansas Must Register Products by End of Year

    With passage of HB 1480 (now titled “Act 1105“), the state of Arkansas is requiring that all wine and spirits suppliers actively distributing wine and spirits into the state must register each distributed product with the state. Wine & spirits products (beer is not required) currently in distribution must be registered by December 31 and all registration takes place on-line.

    The state fee for on-line product registration is $20/label. Suppliers can no longer send the “Manufacturer’s Request for Brand Registration or Change of Wholesaler” form in a paper format. This is now done on-line.

    How to Register Your Currently Distributed Products:

    1. Visit Arkansas’ Electronic Registrations Website
    2. Have a list of your actively distributed COLA numbers, names of your Arkansas distributors, and any brand owner authorization letters if the registrant is not the owner of the brand being registered with the state
    3. Payment is via credit card

    Through December 31, 2013, suppliers may download an excel spreadsheet of their COLAs by Federal Basic Permit Number. Labels will initially be approved directly upon completion of workflow process. The state will review incoming registration to ensure non-violation of sole source requirements and other rules and regulations.

    IMPORTANT:
    -All currently active products must be registered by December 31
    -Product registrations are valid through June 30, 2014
    -Label Registration status can be verified by COLA Number
    -Newly distributed products may be registered beginning January 1, 2014

    Feel free to ask any questions you may have about Arkansas product registration on this blog post and we will answer them as quickly as possible.

    While the Autumn Leaves Change in Montana, So Do Their Wine Direct Shipping Regulations


    Montana’s new direct shipping law goes into effect October 1 and will replace the current “Wine Connoisseur’s License” process with a “Direct Shipping Endorsement” permit system. Applications for authorization to ship directly to consumers in Montana are now available. Overall, the new law and licensing process are fairly simple; the Endorsement fee will cost $50 and the winery will also have to pay the applicable Foreign Winery registration fee, depending on how many cases the winery expects to send into Montana. Effective Tuesday, October 1, wineries must have the Endorsement in order to ship to consumers in Montana.

    Wineries that have been direct shipping wine via the now-obsolete “Wine Connoisseurs License” process, or wineries that have been selling to Montana distributors, will likely already have a Foreign Winery License. Wineries already holding the Foreign Winery License may submit an application for the new Direct Shipping Endorsement with the Foreign Winery’s 2013-2014 license renewal application, or if wineries have already renewed their Foreign Winery License or are Domestic Winery licensees, the Endorsement Application may be filed separately. Wineries that are not already licensed as a Foreign Winery will need to apply for the Foreign Winery License and “Direct Shipment Endorsement” box on the Foreign Winery License Registration form.

    What else needs to be done to become compliant and licensed? Many of the specifics of the law change are noted in our previous blog post and in Montana’s 2013 Legislative Wrap-up. Below are some items wineries will need to know during the process of becoming licensed.

    1. Fulfillment, Carrier and Distributor Notifications

    • Direct Shippers must notify the Department of any fulfillment houses that will send shipments to Montana consumers on behalf of the licensed winery. Submit the name and the address of the fulfillment warehouse you will use with your Endorsement Application, or anytime you plan to begin using a fulfillment warehouse.
    • Direct Shipper applicants must send a written statement acknowledging that they will only contract with common carriers that agree to deliver table wine only to consumers who are at least 21 years of age.
    • Distributor agreements must be submitted along with the Foreign Winery Application. However, if the Foreign Winery applicant intends to ship only to onsumers in Montana, no distributors need to be noted in Section 6 of the application, and therefore no agreements need be included.

    2. Label Registrations

    • Foreign Winery applicants may register their labels via the paper application and must include copies of the COLAs that they will ship into the state. Approval of these labels must be received before shipping them into the state.
    • Wineries already licensed as a Foreign Winery should register their products online through the Montana TaxPayer Access Point (TAP) system. Labels being sold both to wholesalers and to consumers in Montana only need to be registered once. There is no fee for registering labels.

    The Wine Connoisseur’s License will remain effective until October 1 for any current connoisseur licensees who opted to renew their license for a shortened period of July 1 – September 30 of the 2013 year. After October 1, consumers in Montana purchasing wine will not need to obtain a connoisseur’s license, but will still need a connoisseur’s license to purchase beer if they wish to receive shipments from registered breweries, as beer was not included in the changes enacted by HB 402.

    Seven Companies Approved as Logistics Shippers in North Dakota

    It’s been just over a month since North Dakota implemented SB 2147, and the state has been busy processing applications for the new “Alcohol Carrier” and “Logistics Shipper” licenses required under new law. Shortly after SB 2147 became effective, both UPS and FedEx were approved carrier licensees, and as of today, seven fulfillment logistics companies have been approved as “Logistics Shipper” Licensees. These seven include: Alexander Valley Cellars, Napa Valley Wine Warehouse, Vinfillment, Vin-Go, Wine Service Co-op (WSC), WineDirect, and Wine Shipping. Approved Carriers and Shippers may not have received a physical license yet, but do not need to wait to begin shipping. Physical licenses are expected to arrive in the mail soon.

    Wineries and Retailers may check the North Dakota website for a list of approved North Dakota Carriers and Logistics Shippers located here under the link titled “List of Alcohol Licensees”, but keep in mind, the list is not updated on a daily basis.