Federal Excise Duty Exemption for Cider and Mead

The BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) is notifying suppliers that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has issued an amendment to the previously announced repeal of the excise duty for 100 per cent Canadian Wine the LDB shared on May 6, 2022.

As per this new amendment, federal excise duty will continue to be exempt for certain 100 per cent Canadian wine made from apples or honey

For full details on this announcement, suppliers should review the July 28, 2022, CRA notice here.   

Any questions related to whether your product is eligible for this exemption should be sent directly to your regional CRA excise office (contact details here).

Implications for Supplier Pricing

Suppliers that wish to adjust their Duty Paid Cost (i.e. supplier price) must submit a Price Change Request to the LDB by August 19, 2022 in order to take effect for the next Period 7 wholesale price list beginning October 2, 2022.

Please note that LDB does not permit Wholesale Price Promotions (WPP) and Price Changes within the same period. Price Changes cannot be made to SKUs that suppliers plan to put on WPP in Period 7.  For these SKUs, Price Change Requests must be submitted for Period 8. The Period 8 price submission deadline is September 19, 2022 and price changes will become effective on October 30, 2022.

For any questions on price changes, please contact wholesalepricing@bcldb.com.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.