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Membership Overview

What is NABI?  Why join NABI now?  Who joins NABI?


The National Association of Beverage Importers, Inc. (NABI) is THE national trade association advocating solely for the business interests of importers of beer, wine, and distilled spirits. Our mandate is a focus on you as an importer! Advocacy and information to advance your business in our Nation’s Capital is what we can give you.

NABI is the voice of alcohol beverage importers since 1935, established shortly after the Repeal of Prohibition. For more than 80 years, NABI has ensured importers receive parity and fairness of treatment with domestic industry members in label approvals, basic permit processing, and excise taxes. Parity means you can compete on a level playing field. Only NABI can advocate the most favorable positions for importers and not have to compromise with those competing interests of domestic producers.

Joining NABI gets you a voice in your Nation’s Capital to:

  • Secure permanently into the future the tax benefits that importers have under the Craft Beverage Modernization Act was extended for one year through 2020. Small importers have seen $100,000 or more in Federal tax savings. Maintains tax parity with domestic producers.

  • Fighting against tariffs on your products that tax consumers and challenge your hard-earned market share.

  • Weekly updates on cutting edge information on developments at TTB, CBP, FDA, and other Federal agencies that impact your daily operations.

  • A DC based organization that will can reach out to TTB, CBP, or FDA, among others, when you have regulatory problems.

  • Giving you timely and direct input on proposed regulations and policies, legislative proposals, and updates on pending litigation on regulatory controls.

  • Educational opportunities through materials and conference calls on new regulations, enforcement policies, and legislation.

  • Outreach to State alcohol regulators on import industry needs.

  • Access to Embassy commercial officials and foreign government trade agencies to help quickly resolve any allegations of quality control deficiencies on the production of imported products.

  • Liaison with alcohol trade associations in exporting countries.

  • Advising on the role of a broker and navigating the three-tier system.

NABI membership covers importers holding a Federal basic permit (who are Active Members) and entities that are interested in and support the beverage alcohol import industry (Associated Members, e.g., customs brokers, compliance consulting firms, law firms, and supply chain vendors, among others). NABI annual dues are calculated based on the volume of imported products and start under $2,000 per year. New members receive a discount.

Membership Categories

Although most of our members are classified as Active Member importers, holding Federal Basic Importer’s Permits, we also have an Associate Membership category. This category is for any person, firm, or corporation, interested in importing wines, spirits, and/or malt beverages, who do not qualify for Active Membership status. If you hold a Federal Basic Importer’s Permit, you must join the association as an Active Member, whether or not actively importing. Associate Members receive all services offered by the association.

Contact us for more information: Rob Tobiassen, President at (202) 393-6224, or at 

We look forward to welcoming you to the NABI community. Let us network and build our importer industry together.

Apply to be a NABI Member Today

Download and fill out this form if you would like to become an Active Member. This level of membership is mandatory if you hold a Federal Basic Importer’s Permit, whether or not you are actively importing. Active Members receive all services offered by the association. Download pdf and email application to
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Download and fill out this form if you would like to experience the benefits of an Associate Membership. This category is for any person, firm, or corporation, interested in importing wines, spirits, and/or malt beverages, who do not qualify for Active Membership status. Download pdf and email application to
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Member Services

Statistical Reports on Imports

 NABI publishes monthly statistical reports. These reports show imports of alcohol beverages into the United States by type of product and by country. These reports are provided free of charge to Members. 

Weekly Highlights 

Weekly Highlights are published by NABI and are available to Members only. These weekly newsletters report on matters/issues affecting importers of alcohol beverages so that they can import their products as efficiently as possible and avoid problems with regulatory authorities.

Industry Insights and Other Reports

Other Reports are available to Members only and are published whenever an issue arises that can directly or indirectly affect importers of alcohol beverages. These focus on various trade issues from tariffs, trade legislation, trade negotiations, Updates to the trade community from CBP and TTB. Trade issues that affect the ability of Members to import their products are of prime importance to NABI Members. Industry Insights and Import Reports keep Members informed so that they can adjust their business plans accordingly.

Label/Product Approvals

Importers are required by law to get a Federal label approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) for any alcohol beverage the importer intends to import into the United States. Some products also require laboratory analysis before the Federal Government will issue a label approval. The label/product approval process can be a very complex and time-consuming process. NABI assists Members in getting product and label approval. NABI's staff will review the labels and product paperwork for compliance with Federal rules.

Conference Calls on Emerging Trade Issues and Call-in Conversations

Regular conference calls are held for Members to hear about emerging trade policies and developments in Washington, DC, with the EU Commission in Brussels, or the World Trade Organization in Geneva.  NABI staff is available for one-on-one call-in conversations on regulatory issues of concern to Members.

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Event Space

National Press Building

The National Press Club is Washington’s premier meeting facility offering a full-service venue with the on-staff skilled professionals to make every event a success.

Press conferences, forums, breakfast, lunch and dinner meetings, receptions, formal dinners, weddings and bar and bat mitzvahs are just a sampling of what can be held at the Club.

The experienced, long-term staff not only understands that each event is unique and has its own specific goals, they know how to help you achieve that goal and solve issues that arise.

The National Press Club stands alone as the facility with the broadest range of service in the city. The first-rate audio-visual capabilities of the in-house technical staff are enhanced by the all-digital Broadcast Operations Center.

Contact NABI to submit an inquiry about room availability.

View a floor plan of the 13th Floor Meeting Rooms.
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View a spreadsheet of room dimensions and capacities.

Don't hesitate to contact NABI for more information or to begin working on your event.

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