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Wholesale Laws for South Carolina

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Last Updated: Aug. 5, 2019

Summary

The Alcohol Beverage Licensing Section of the Department of Revenue is responsible for regulating alcohol beverage sales.

Laws & Rules:

Supplier Licensing

Required:  Yes

Name:  Beer/Wine Producer or Importer

Fee:  $400

Expiration:  Aug. 31st of even numbered years

Authorizes a producer (defined in SC Code §61-4-300 as a brewery or winery or a manufacturer, bottler, or importer of beer or wine into the United States) to ship beer or wine by the producer to a point within the state of South Carolina.

Original applications and renewals must be submitted online via the SC ABL portal

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Product Registration

Required:  Yes

Fee:  $5 processing fee

Approval:  7-14 days

Expiration:  Does Not Expire

Revision Required:  COLA change

Complete and submit form ABL-569 Authorization of Wholesalers and Brands and a copy of the COLA. Or, register through Product Registration Online (PRO). Online registrations are auto-approved. Upon approval of license, a wholesaler agreement must be submitted within 60 days.

Any changes made on the label must be approved by the TTB and the new label must be registered as if it were a new product with a copy of the new TTB approval.

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Franchise "Monopoly Protection" Law

Franchise Law:  No

Exclusive Territories:  Not Required

South Carolina does not have a franchise law for wine.

Supplier Reporting Requirements

Required:  Yes

Name:  Wine Importer Report

Due Date:  Monthly, by the 10th

A supplier must file a report of alcoholic liquor shipments into South Carolina with Miscellaneous Tax Section of the Department of Revenue each month.

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Sales Representative Licensing

Available:  No

A salesperson’s license is not required for wine.

Self-Distribution

Allowed:  No

There are no statutory or regulatory provisions allowing an out-of-state winery to self-distribute.

Trade Practice Advisories

South Carolina Department of Revenue
Alcohol Beverage Licensing 

301 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29214-0907
Phone: (803) 898-5864
Fax: (803) 896-0110
Email: ABL@dor.sc.gov

South Carolina Department of Revenue
Miscellaneous Tax Section
Wine Tax

P.O. Box 125
Columbia, SC 29214-0136
Phone: 803-896-1970
Email: winetax@dor.sc.gov

 

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This information is intended for winegrower licensees only. All information above is provided as an informational aid and is not legal advice. Data may be out-of-date or incomplete. Please consult a lawyer before taking any action.