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West Virginia permit process details

By Annie Bones, State Relations - Wine Institute

West Virginia passed legislation to change from a reciprocal state to a permit state. All wineries will have to obtain a direct shipping permit and pay taxes. Corporations will also have to register with the West Virginia Secretary of State. The West Virginia Direct Shipper Application, instructions and tax forms are now available on the [...]

June 15th, 2007

West Virginia posts new direct shipping guidelines

By Jeff Carroll - VP of Compliance, ShipCompliant

The West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration recently posted a “Direct Shippers Q&A” document on their website. Though somewhat helpful, the answers in the document are mostly a copy and paste from the new statutes. A few questions remain about some specifics on the permit process as well as the audit requirements. We will post [...]

May 24th, 2007

West Virginia Permit Applications Available

By Jeff Carroll - VP of Compliance, ShipCompliant

West Virginia will be the next state to move from the “reciprocal” category to the “limited-direct” category. Senate Bill 712 passed on March 10th and was signed by the Governor on April 4th. The bill states that it will take effect ninety days from passage, which is June 8th, 2007. However, wineries will likely have [...]

May 18th, 2007

Free The Grapes! legislative update

By Jeff Carroll - VP of Compliance, ShipCompliant

Free the Grapes! recently provided an update on direct to consumer shipping legislation and litigation for 2007. As you can see below, many changes are likely to come this year. LEGISLATIVE UPDATE Wine Institute provided the following summary of direct shipping legislation around the country. Alaska –House Bill 34 (Ledoux) would specifically allow in-state wineries [...]

March 19th, 2007

Direct shipping bill passes West Virginia Congress

By Jeff Carroll - VP of Compliance, ShipCompliant

In May of 2005, in the case of Granholm v. Heald, the United States Supreme Court effectively invalidated the practice of reciprocity because it discriminates against wineries in non-reciprocal states. At that time, there were 13 reciprocity states. Today, there are only seven reciprocity states left (Oregon, New Mexico, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, and West [...]

March 14th, 2007