In addition to ABC permits, certain commercial permittees must also obtain
for each product offered for sale in this
State. Every supplier of malt beverage and wine must submit Distribution
Agreements identifying each of their wholesalers, the brands that they carry,
and where that wholesaler is authorized to sell each particular brand.
North Carolina is a three-tier state and does not allow the direct shipment of alcoholic beverages to consumers. Simply stated, in North Carolina, this means that a licensed manufacturer, importer, bottler, or nonresident vendor (first tier) may sell and ship only to licensed wholesalers (second tier). The wholesaler may sell only to licensed retailers (third tier) or other wholesalers. The only exception to the three-tier system is that a North Carolina winery may ship its products to individual purchasers inside and outside this state.
North Carolina is also a control state; therefore, the sale of spirituous liquor differs from that of malt beverage and wine. Spirituous liquor may only be sold in local county or municipal ABC stores. Please refer to ABC Boards for more information
For questions regarding the commercial permitting, please contact us.