Tobacco | Imports

Companies wishing to import tobacco products into the U.S. must first obtain from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) a basic importer permit for tobacco products. The basic importer permit for tobacco or tobacco products enables you to import tobacco products for storage and resale to third parties (other than directly to consumers).

In addition, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 (TCA) requires importers of tobacco products to comply with the manufacturer provisions under the TCA as if they were manufacturers. Therefore, there are premarket review requirements, reporting requirements, record keeping requirements, registration and tobacco product listing requirements and labeling requirements that apply to tobacco product importers.

As part of the importation requirements, the U. S. Customs and Border Protection (Customs) collects the federal excise tax as well as Customs duties and other fees imposed on imported tobacco products. It also enforces the statutory requirement that persons engaged in the business of importing tobacco products first obtain a TTB permit. Eventually, Customs will also help enforce FDAs tobacco product establishment registration requirements and importer registration requirements.

FDAImports.com, LLC practices at the intersection of FDA, TTB, and Customs law and regulation and can help your company find The Way Through the many requirements for importing tobacco products into the U.S.