Information for New Suppliers

Procedures for a New Company to Sell Distilled Spirits in North Carolina

Basic Guidelines to assist new companies with the listing of spirituous liquor.

              Case Code Label Requirements / Pallet Specifications
              ABC Warehouse Special Service Charges

The ABC Commission at its twice yearly meetings (January & July) considers product(s) for listing. New companies, who wish to sell distilled spirits in the State of North Carolina, must be represented by a resident North Carolina Broker. The broker (chosen by you) will make the presentation of your product(s). The markup formula used by North Carolina can be found on the  Liquor Supplier's / Distiller's Price Filing Quotation Form .

The broker will inform you if the product(s) has been approved.

Once a product is approved, the ABC warehouse will assign it an allocation. The warehouse, not the ABC Commission, sets policies regarding deliveries.

The company is required by the NCABC Commission to complete the forms below and send to the appropriate address on EACH form .


A new company must supply the below documents prior to shipping product into the state ABC warehouse.

  1. Federal Basic Permit – Importer or Distilled Spirits, whichever applies, showing company name and address.

  2. Certificate of Authority from NC Secretary of State is required for all out-of-state suppliers to transact business in North Carolina. In-state suppliers must submit either articles of incorporation or LLC.

  3. Send to the ABC Commission a completed Application for Supplier / Distiller Permit. This form must be filed with the ABC Commission and a permit number must be issued before shipments can begin.