Shipping Instructions

How to Send Us Samples for Review


Submit Your Samples in Four (4) Steps

Step 2: Submit Registration Forms

After downloading an entry form, type or write information into the form and save it as a new file. Email the form to: or Fax to: 800-238-7972

Step 3: Ship Samples

Ship only AFTER you have faxed or emailed your registration forms to us. You may also include copies in the box, but only to confirm your registration.

Ship to:
4849 N. Milwaukee Ave, Suite 304
Chicago, IL 60630 USA
P: 773-930-4080

Step 4: Verify information

Once we receive your entry forms we will send you a receipt with your product information. Please review carefully, make any corrections, and fax back to 800-238-7972 or 773-930-4598 or email to

Your results will be mailed and emailed to your contact information provided on the registration form. The same company information will be posted next to your review on, unless otherwise noted. Results will only be released upon full payment of the registration fees and any incidiental shipping fees.

Submit Your Samples in Five (5) Steps

Step 1: Registration Forms

It is essential that you first completely fill out the appropriate wine, beer, or spirits registration form for our tasting. Use a separate form for each product. Please make sure to fill out the brand name, country of origin, product category, bottle size, and alcohol percentage by volume for each product that you are registering. Fax forms to 1-773-930-4598 or email scans of forms to

Step 2: FDA Facility Registration (FREE)

If your facility (winery, brewery, or distillery/rectifier/bottler) is not already registered with the US FDA, you can register your facility through the FDA website at the following link:

Your facility will be assigned a permanent registration number and PIN (Personal Identification Number) to be used for all future shipments from your facility to the US. You only need to register each facility once. There is no cost to register your facility with the FDA.

Answers to common questions and step-by-step instructions for registering your facility with the FDA can be found here:

If your facility does not have a United State agent, please use the following information for Section 7 of the online FDA facility registration:

Name of US agent: Debra O'Kennard
Title: GM
Country: United States
Address: 4849 N. Milwaukee Ave, Suite 304
Zip Code: 60630
City: Chicago
State: Illinois (IL)
Phone Number: (Area Code) 773 (Phone Number) 9304080 (Extension) 13
Emergency Contact Phone: (Area Code) 773 (Phone Number) 9304080
Fax Number: (Area Code) 773 (Phone Number) 9304598
Email Address:
Step 3: FDA Prior Notice (FREE)

For each shipment and box that you are shipping from your facility you must create a Prior Notice with the US FDA. You need to know how many boxes you will be shipping. You can create a free Prior Notice for each shipment and box online here:

You will need the following information to complete the prior notice with the FDA:

Caribbean Spirits FDA registration number: 15105121392

Caribbean Spirits shipping address and Permit number:

4849 N. Milwaukee Ave, Suite 303
Chicago, IL 60630
Importer Permit #: FL-I-15926

You will also need to know the Port of Arrival, which will most likely be Chicago for air shipments, and the estimated date and time of arrival to complete the Prior notice. Please consult your shipper or courier to confirm these details.

Please be sure to include the prior notice number on the following shipping documents:

  • Proforma Invoice
  • Airway Bill
  • Bill of Lading (BOL)

A small entity compliance guide about Prior Notice can be found here:

Assistance creating and submitting a Prior Notice:

Assistance completing a web entry:

Please note: A ProForma Invoice is a type of invoice used for shipments containing samples and not-for-sale items. The invoice should state that the goods are samples or not-for-sale and "value for customs purposes only" should be listed in the comments section.

Why is this important? Using a ProForma invoice on samples and not-for-sale shipments will allow you to avoid paying the duties and taxes for these shipments.

It is important to note that these invoices are not accepted in every country. Click HERE for a list of these countries for your reference.

Step 4: TTB COLA Waiver Request (by Caribbean Spirits)

The TTB has stipulated that samples of alcoholic beverage imported strictly for use at trade shows and/or for soliciting orders may, under certain conditions, be imported without a Certificate of Label Approval (COLA). Importers of such samples may apply for a waiver from the COLA requirements from the TTB for products that do not already have approved COLA status.

In order to comply, we ask that you make sure that the following specifications for each product you are sending are completed on your Tastings/BTI registration forms:

  • The specific type and quantity (number of containers) of each alcohol beverage. "Type" for wine means identification as "red wine," "white wine," "sparkling wine," and/or identification with a varietal if the wine is so labeled; for distilled spirits, the type means, for example, "rum," "brandy," "vodka," etc., as appropriate; for malt beverages, type means "beer," "ale," "porter," etc., as appropriate.
  • The country of origin of each product
  • The brand name of each product
  • Volume (container size) and percentage of Alcohol by Volume (ABV) of each product

On behalf of Tastings/BTI, Caribbean Spirits will prepare a COLA waiver request letter and send it to the TTB for approval. Once approved, we will send you a copy of the COLA Waiver to include with your shipping documents.Do not ship any samples without the COLA Waiver.

Step 5: Ship your samples with proper labeled bottles and boxes
In compliance with the COLA waiver requirements, containers should include the following advisories and statements on the brand label or a separate BACK label, or on a or side label, separate and apart from all other information. Please be sure that all labels are firmly affixed to the BACK of each sample:
  • Advisory bearing the health warning statement. Use this exact wording and formatting for each label on the BACK of each sample bottle:

    "GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems."

  • A sticker must also appear on the BACK of every sample container which reads: "For Trade Show (or Sample) Purposes Only - Not for Sale"
  • In the case of wine, another label must be affixed to the BACK of each bottle which reads: "Contains Sulfites"

Most couriers (DHL, FedEx, UPS, TNT, etc.) are able to act as clearing and brokering agents as a cost savings option. The airway bill must be clearly marked for the courier to act as the clearing agent. If a US customs broker besides the courier is necessary to ship, please contact Deb O'Kennard for detailed information.

* If DHL is selected as your courier of choice, please contact Deb at for Caribbean Spirits' DHL shipping identification number. Inclusion of this identification number will decrease total time required for customs clearance and decrease overall shipping costs.

* Please be sure to have all associated shipping charges, including customs duties and brokerage fees, billed directly to you, the shipper, NOT Caribbean Spirits or us, the receiver. This is shipping terms: DDP (delivered duty paid). All shipping charges will be back-billed to you, the shipper if we incur any at Tastings. All international customers must submit a credit card number (with expiration date) for any shipping charges incurred by Caribbean Spirits or Tastings/BTI.

* Address international packages to Caribbean Spirits (not Tastings):

Edward Hamilton
Caribbean Spirits
4849 N. Milwaukee Ave, Suite 303
Chicago, IL 60630
Phone: 773-930-4379