With the widespread cancellation of large meetings, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau is relaxing its rules on consignment sales. Typically, the TTB does not allow returns of slow-moving or overstocked wines and spirits. However, the TTB is adjusting its policy given the unexpected and widespread nature of the concerns involving COVID-19.
Currently, returns of alcohol beverage products that were purchased to sell during cancelled events will not violate federal consignment sales rules. The TTB will allow these returns provided the products were not initially purchased or sold with the privilege of return. A producer or wholesaler is not required to accept returns of such products, though.