In response to the NABI request for removal of the expiration date from pre-import letters and/or Statement of Process (SOP), the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has notified NABI that although TTB will not remove an expiration date they will double the expiration date to ten (10) years for any lab analysis or formula processed (online or paper) after October 1, 2012. Currently the expiration date for those documents are five (5) years from date of issuance by the TTB.
In addition, current pre-import letters and/or SOP that have not yet expired can be extended upon written request by the original applicant for an additional ten (10) years from the date of resubmission.
Importers can use TTB’s Formulas Online or a paper submission to request an extension for an existing pre-import letter or SOP. Importers may chose to wait closer to the expiration date of an existing letter before resubmitting your request, thereby getting full advantage of the new ten (10) year validity period. If submitting online or a paper submission, a copy of the existing pre-import letter or SOP must be attached to your request.
Please note that if there have been changes to your formulations, you must file for a new pre-import letter or SOP
Thu, September 27, 2012
by Bill Earle