Federal Tobacco Licensing

Overview

If your company intends to manufacture, import, or export tobacco products within or outside of the United States, you may be required to obtain a federal permit. Don’t let your business get caught without the necessary tobacco business licenses. Our licensing specialists will research all applicable licenses so that you can be certain your business is compliant.

Background

Businesses that manufacture and import tobacco products must apply for and receive approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) before engaging in such business. Those businesses merely selling tobacco products as a part of their inventory, however, are not required to obtain federal licensing. Retail tobacco dealers are not licensed by a federal authority. Instead, businesses interested in selling tobacco products must follow the licensing requirements of their state and local governments.

U.S. Customs Service does not generally require an import/export license to trade goods internationally. However, specific products, such as plants, are listed as restricted items for purposes of international export. Therefore, obtaining an import/export license from the relevant government agency is essential for maintaining legal compliance only if you intend to export tobacco as a raw material.

In order to apply for a permit to manufacture or to import tobacco products, you must complete a detailed application, a personnel questionnaire for each officer, director, or stockholder of more than 10 percent, and obtain a surety bond.

Ramifications of Non-Compliance

Strict adherence to tobacco licensing laws is necessary due to excessive penalties and aggressive enforcement. Failure to renew a license or operating without a license can lead to fines exceeding $10,000, suspension, or permanent revocation of the tobacco license.

How we help your business:

  1. We streamline the overwhelming task of becoming properly licensed. Our licensing specialists will determine the necessary registrations, compile applications and make sure your business receives the license.
  2. We help your business avoid fines and a tarnished reputation by managing your ongoing compliance.
  3. We save you money by allowing your employees to focus on your core business purpose. Let LicenseLogix focus on what we do best -- getting your business licensed.

More Resources:

- Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau


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