When receiving spirit in-bond from another distillery, there are many TTB requirements that need to be followed in order to stay fully compliant. Upon receipt of the spirit in-bond, the receiver or "consignee" is required to examine each 'package' and verify whether the securing devices, if any, are intact. If they have been tampered with, the receiver "must immediately notify the appropriate TTB District Director, Trade Investigations Division; or District Director, Tax Audit Division before removing any spirits from the conveyance" per 27 CFR § 19.407 Consignee Premises.
The receiver is also responsible for weighing each 'package' (with exception to sealed containers) and record the following information on the transfer record per 27 CFR § 19.621 - Transfer Record - Consignee's Responsibility- see screenshot below:
According to the TTB, here are the three best practices to avoid potential citations in the future:
- Review the bill of lading forms for shipping bond-to-bond merchandise. Make sure that the information listed above and in 27 CFR 19.620 for consignors and 27 CFR 19.621 for consignees are included on the bill of lading.
- If all of the data listed above is not included in the bill of lading form, modify the present format to include the correct data.
- Have a third party (such as your compliance officer or a TTB investigator) check over the bill of lading to insure that the data required in 27 CFR 19.620 for consignors and in 27 CFR 19.621 for consignees are included.
See the DISTILL x 5 Support Library links here for how to Receive Spirit In-Bond from another distillery:
Tip: Most distilleries should be receiving spirit in-bond directly into their Storage Account, but if you believe you should deposit it into another account please reach out to your TTB Agent for official direction.