Canadian Wine Shipping Reform Bill Passes Second Reading

Bill C-311, An Act to Amend the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act, has passed second reading in the Canadian House of Commons and now proceeds to the House Finance Committee. Bill C-311, if passed at third reading, will reform The Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act, a 1928 federal law which prohibits the inter-provincial shipment of alcoholic beverages by creating a national personal use exemption for wine shipped direct to consumers between provinces and in limited amounts for personal consumption. Bill C-311 does not contemplate such an exemption for other alcoholic beverages such as whisky or vodka.

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