North Carolina General Statutes § 18B-106 Alcoholic beverages for use on oceangoing ships

(a)        Delivery Permitted. - Alcoholic beverages for use outside the United States on oceangoing vessels shall be delivered as follows:

(1)        Spirituous liquor may be imported into this State under United States customs bonds, held in United States customs bonded warehouses, and transferred between those warehouses. Spirituous liquors may only be released from customs bonds for delivery to an officer or agent of an oceangoing vessel who has obtained a permit from the Commission for that purpose.

(2)        Malt beverages, unfortified wine, and fortified wine may be sold and delivered by any wholesaler or retailer licensed in  this State to an officer or agent of an oceangoing vessel. The Commission may require the officer or agent to obtain a permit before purchasing alcoholic beverages under this subdivision.

(b)        Definition. - "Oceangoing vessel" means a ship which plies the high seas in interstate or foreign commerce, in the transport of freight or passengers, or both, for hire exclusively.

(c)        Rules. - The Commission may issue rules relating to applications for permits and otherwise regulate the importation, sale, and delivery of alcoholic beverages under this section to insure that  those beverages are used only on oceangoing vessels outside the United States. (1981, c. 412, s. 2.)

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