TTB Trade Practices

Important Note on Trade Practice Enforcement

TTB has issued an Industry Circular to respond to questions regarding trade practice enforcement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit our COVID-19 page for additional COVID-19 information

TTB is committed to creating a fair and level playing field nationwide for alcohol beverage industry members of all sizes through a strong regulatory compliance program and active enforcement of the trade practice provisions of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAA Act). (See sections 105(a) through (d) of the FAA Act (27 U.S.C. 205(a)–(d)) for more information.) These provisions prohibit industry members from engaging in the following marketing practices that threaten the independence of retailers and/or give the industry members an unfair advantage over their competitors:

Industry members who engage in these anti-competitive practices damage other, law-abiding businesses and prevent consumers from enjoying a wide selection of products.

Report to Congress

TTB FY20 Report on FAA Act Enforcement

This file contains 8 identical copies of the report as submitted to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Subcommittees.

Key Trade Practices Topics

Laws and Regulations

Regulatory information relating to trade practices


Rulings related to trade practices issued by TTB and its predecessor agencies

Industry Circulars

Industry Circulars related to trade practices issued by TTB and its predecessor agencies

Liquor Laws and Regulations for Retail Dealers

Regulatory information relating to trade practices

Educational Resources

TTB Trade Practices Video Series


FAA Act History & Background (16:19)

In this video we introduce the trade practice rules and the history leading up to the rules. We also discuss various terms every industry member should know.

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Tied House (14:28)

In this video we discuss Tied House practices and the rules and regulations associated with them. 

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Exclusive Outlet (11:30)

In this video we discuss arrangements which are considered Exclusive Outlets and the rules and regulations that cover these activities.

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Commercial Bribery (9:52)

In this video we explain activities considered Commercial Bribery and the rules and regulations that cover these activities.

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Consignment Sales (12:07)

We explain prohibited arrangements under the Consignment Sales rules and regulations.

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Other media

Federal Trade Practices: What Every Industry Member Should Know



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