April 2020

Tax Payment and Other Filing Due Dates Postponed by TTB (From NCBFAA)

On March 31, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) announced the postponement of several filing and payment due dates by 90-days. This applies to filings and payment due dates whose original due date falls on or after March 1, 2020, through July 1, 2020. In their notice, TTB will be specifically: 

1. Postponing tax payment due dates for wine, beer, distilled spirits, tobacco products, cigarette papers and tubes, firearms, and ammunition excise taxes.

2. Postponing filing due dates for excise tax returns.

3. Postponing filing due dates for submission of operational reports.

4. Postponing filing due dates for claims for credit or refund by producers.

5. Postponing filing due dates for claims by manufacturers of non-beverage products.

6. Postponing due dates for submission of export documentation.

7. Considering emergency variations from regulatory requirements for affected

8. Reviewing requests for relief from penalties based on reasonable cause.

TTB will re-evaluate the terms of this immediate relief if circumstances warrant.

China Tightens Export Requirements for Medical Products (From Sandler Travis )

China is now enforcing stringent new export requirements on medical products being used to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, exports of the following products require certification from authorized testing laboratories, copies of the manufacturer’s business license, and the manufacturer’s certificate from China’s National Medical Products Administration. For a list of affected products, please go to


Cases, Musical Instruments, Essential Oils Among Next Targets for Import Declaration Requirement(From Sandler Travis)

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has announced plans to require a Lacey Act import declaration for additional products beginning Oct. 1, 2020. Comments on this proposal are due no later than June 1.

The Lacey Act makes it unlawful to import certain plants, including plant products, without an import declaration that contains the scientific name of the plant, value of the importation, quantity of the plant, and name of the country from which the plant was harvested. For paper and paperboard products containing recycled content, the declaration must also include the average percent of recycled content without regard for species or country of harvest. The declaration requirement does not apply to plants used exclusively as packaging material to support, protect, or carry another item unless the packaging material itself is the item being imported. For a list of products to be affected, please go to


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