The TTB* has drafted a resolution to recognize Cachaça as unique to Brazil, thereby removing ‘Brazilian Rum’ from labeling. The draft of this resolution, which is technically called a ‘Notice of Public Rulemaking’ (an ‘NPR’ in Federal Bureaucracy-speak), is awaiting signature from the Deputy Secretary of Tax Affairs at the U.S. Treasury, at which point it will be published for public comment for 60 days. Once the commentary period is over, the TTB will review the public comments, determine if there are any issues or amendments to the resolution, and sign the resolution into law. The draft resolution is expected to be published very soon, permitting public comment for 60 days. For this reason, the ‘Legalize Cachaça’ movement and petition will be very important in mobilizing support for the resolution publicly, including the presentation of the consumer ‘Legalize Cachaça’ petition directly to the TTB.
*The TTB (www.ttb.gov ) is the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, the arm of the U.S. Department of Treasury responsible for spirits labeling (and the former ‘ATF’).