What Can Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries Expect From The TTB As a Result of the Government Shutdown?
So, what exactly does this shutdown mean for distillers, brewers and vintners? Well, for starters, there won’t be any label approvals, permit approvals or formula approvals – so if you’ve got something new, maybe you keep it in state.
Here’s the TTB’s Shutdown plan, it includes a summary listing of exempt v. non-exempt functions.
The activities most relevant to vintners, brewers and distillers listed as exempt (i.e., TTB will be going forward with these activities):
- Continuing the TTB computer operations to prevent the loss of data in process (your previously subitted applications may be safe)
- Protection of statute expiration, bankruptcy, liens and seizure cases
- Maintaining criminal law enforcement and undercover operations
- Processing of tax returns which include remittances
The activities that wineries, breweries and distilleries will want to note are not-exempt and won’t be performed:
- Processing of permits, certificates of label approval, and manufacturer of non-beverage products drawback claims
- All non-criminal investigative activities, audit functions, examination of returns, processing of tax returns that do not include remittances
- Laboratory services
- Most administrative functions not related to the safety of life and protection of property
Notably, there’s also a tally of the employees left in limbo by the shutdown. The tally states that only 35 out of 483 are likely to be kept working.
The TTB is not regularly updating its website for the time being, so those looking for alcohol or alcohol law related info are going to have to look elsewhere. We will keep you posted on any updates.