It is best to use your own importer or agent to clear your shipment through U.S. Customs. If you do not have representation in the United States you may still enter using the competition's import agent, Accolade Brands. Accolade will need company name, product name, grape varieties, retail value and alcohol content on each entry for the forms it submits to the TTB for the approvals that are required. A fee of $75 will be charged for clearing up to three entries through U.S. Customs if the shipper uses a freight forwarder such as FedEx or DHL. The fee for entries that arrive via direct air freight is $150. The fee for more than three entries using a freight forwarder is $150; for more than three entries using direct air freight, $300. All import fees are due in advance along with the entry fees. Information about the wines to be cleared should be emailed to Critics_Challenge@yahoo.com. All foreign entries imported by the Competition should indicate Accolade Brands as the importer on the commercial invoice, using Rich Cook as the contact person and 760-522-3167 as the contact phone number.
The above fee is for import services only. Sender is responsible for shipping costs and any duties, taxes, customs charges or other fees accessed by your carrier or third parties with whom you contract.
Do not ship until the necessary COLA waivers have been obtained from TTB.
IMPORTANT: Shipper is responsible for complying with any and all regulations. Required labeling must be affixed to each bottle before shipping. It is our understanding that a label must be affixed to the back of each bottle. The label must include the Goverment Warning, the phrase "Contains Sulfites" and "Trade Samles - Not for Resale". The words "Government Warning" must be in capital letters and bold type. The remainder of the statemetn may NOT be in bold type. The statement must appear as a continuous paragraph. The statement should read as follows and be in 2mm to 3mm in size.
GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) ACCORDING TO THE SURGEON GENERAL, WOMEN SHOULD NOT DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES DURING PREGNANCY BECAUSE OF THE RISK OF BIRTH DEFECTS. (2) CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IMPAIRS YOUR ABILITY TO DRIVE A CAR OR OPERATE MACHINERY, AND MAY CAUSE HEALTH PROBLEMS.
CONTAINS SULFITES. SAMPLES for Trade Purposes Only - NOT FOR SALE OR RESALE