In July of 2009, the Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (Virginia ABC) sent out Circular Letter 09-05 to Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipper and Beer Shipper licensees, prohibiting Direct Shippers from contracting with third parties for receiving or shipping orders on behalf of the licensee. Since then, rginia has been working with industry members to outline laws and regulations concerning the use of heseirdparties. The culmination of these efforts is a new Virginia regulation, which will go into effect this unday, November 4.From 2010 until now, the Virginia ABC has allowed Direct Shippers to apply for ore than one directipping license and submit separate monthly shipment reports for each shipping cation as a temporary rkaround.This workaround will remain in place after November 4, but only until the existing extra licenses expireoneear from the date of issue) giving Direct Shippers and Fulfillment Warehouses time to become approved as fined in the new regulations. All wineries must continue to maintain their primary Virginia Direct Shipper cense, but no new licenses for additional fulfillment locations are expected to be approved. In order to gain Virginia BC approval, Fulfillment Warehouses will need to:Fulfillment Warehouses must submit seocuments for EACH rect Shipper they represent. A sample addendum to be endorsed by the Virginia ABC is rrently being rafted and will allow any existing contract between the two parties to merely be referenced, saving time an protecting proprietary information in existing agreements.