(a) Where goods, wares, or merchandise enumerated in this chapter are sold or shipped to any person, firm, corporation, or association of persons in another state, the seller or shipper in this state shall make and preserve for three years a duplicate invoice bill, giving the name of the person, firm, corporation, or association of persons to whom shipped, delivered, or sold, the date of sale or shipment, and the quantity of the merchandise sold or shipped. The seller in this state shall have on file a freight, express, or postal receipt for the merchandise showing that the merchandise was turned over to a common carrier engaged in interstate commerce. If the merchandise is delivered by a conveyance belonging to a seller in this state, the seller shall have on file a receipt signed by the purchasers showing the goods, wares, or merchandise were received by him or her in another state. All of the above records shall at all times be subject to the inspection and audit of any duly authorized agent of the board.
Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, no tax levied pursuant to this chapter shall be collected on any goods, wares, or merchandise purchased from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for export to another country provided all of the following conditions are met:
(1) The exporter is approved by the board based on any reasonable criteria set by the board by rule.
(2) The goods, wares, or merchandise are picked up by the exporter from the central distribution location of the board.
(3) The exporter operates only in a duty free zone.
(4) The exporter is subject to audit and inspection by the board.
The board may adopt any rules necessary to carry out the intent of this provision.
(b) Any goods, wares, or merchandise enumerated in this chapter that are sold to the United States government for army, navy, or marine purposes and which are shipped from a point within this state to a place which has been lawfully ceded to the United States government for army, navy, or marine purposes shall be subject to the same provisions as mentioned in subsection (a) for goods, wares, or merchandise sold or shipped to another state. Goods, wares, or merchandise enumerated in this chapter sold or delivered to ships belonging to the United States Navy for distribution and sale to members of the military establishment only or sold and delivered to ships regularly engaged in foreign or coastwise shipping between points in this state and points outside this state, shall be subject to the same provisions as mentioned in subsection (a) for goods, wares, or merchandise sold or shipped to another state.
(c) The board may promulgate rules and regulations from time to time to prevent any abuse of the provisions contained in this section.
(d) Any person, firm, corporation, or association of persons found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this section or who receives or stores any of the articles of alcoholic beverages enumerated in this chapter for sale within the State of Alabama shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not less than two hundred dollars ($200) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500) or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not to exceed six months or both at the discretion of the court.
Last modified: May 3, 2021