Duration of new tobacco import permits extended to five years 

June 26:  The U.S. Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau today released for publication in the Federal Register a temporary rule and, by cross-reference, a proposed rule that extends the duration of new permits for imports of tobacco products and processed tobacco to five years (from the existing three-year duration).

The temporary rule [PDF 263 KB] also:


  • Makes several technical corrections by amending the definition of “manufacturer of tobacco products” to reflect a recent statutory change
  • Amends a reference to the sale price of large cigars to incorporate a clarification published in a prior temporary rule
  • Incorporates and reissues regulations pertaining to importer permit requirements for tobacco products, and minimum manufacturing and marking requirements for tobacco products and cigarette papers and tubes
  • Replaces temporary regulations originally published in 1999

The proposed rule [PDF 103 KB] solicits comments from all interested parties on these regulatory provisions.


The temporary rule is basically effective for three years—i.e., beginning on a date that is 60 days after June 27, 2013 (which is the scheduled date of publication in the Federal Register) through August 26, 2016.



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