Ohio’s direct shipping laws have been changed several times over the last few years. The latest change effective June 29, 2011 allows for the direct shipping of beer to Ohio consumers by out of state beer manufactures, brand owners or United States importers. The law now requires the out of state beer manufacture, brand owner or United States importer to hold an “S” class permit in order to direct ship to Ohio consumers. Ohio manufactures of beer are allowed to direct ship their products under their existing A-1 permit.
Two classes of permits are available for the shipment of wine, from wineries located in either Ohio or out-of-state, to Ohio retailers and consumers: The B-2A and S class permits.
A bill that would legalize consumer-direct shipping in South Dakota is making its way to the governor's desk for consideration.
The Senate recently approved the bill, which would allow people living in South Dakota to order up to 12 cases of wine per year from wineries around the United States. Currently, South Dakota is one of nine states that outlaw consumer-direct wine shipping. Governor Dennis Daugaard is making the final decision, and his spokeswoman, Kelsey Pritchard, has said in public that the governor supports the bill.
The bill was spearheaded last year by a group called South Dakotans for Better Wine Laws, but failed due to opposition from state retailers and wholesalers. The bill was revitalized and amended last summer, though, and is now on its way to becoming law.
"Kind of like a bottle of wine, a bill can get better with age," said Sen. Corey Brown to the Daily Republic.
Under the current version of the bill, wineries and companies that want to participate in shipping options will file quarterly reports with the South Dakota Department of Revenue, including details about how much inventory was shipped to whom. Carriers would also submit this kind of information.
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