Competition FAQ

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Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about registering for ADI’s International Spirits Competition. If you have any questions not covered in this section please email our Competition Director Eric Zandona:


What is the calendar for the 2024 ADI International Spirits Competition?

DeadlineLast Day for Early Bird RegistrationFebruary 2, 2024
DeadlineTo apply for COLA Waiver for International SpiritsFebruary 9, 2024
DeadlineSpirits RegistrationMarch 1, 2024
DeadlineTo Receive SpiritsMarch 8, 2024
MilestoneEnd of the CompetitionMarch 27, 2024
MilestoneAnnouncement of AwardsMay 8, 2024
MilestoneBest in Class Awards Luncheon @ ADI 2024 BaltimoreAugust 27, 2024

I’m not a member of ADI can I enter our spirits into the competition?

Yes. ADI accepts all commercial spirits from distiller, importers, brand agencies etc. regardless of their membership status. Members of ADI and certain Affiliate Associations receive a discount on each entry.


I used the password reset tool but why haven’t I received an email?

If you have requested a password reset and not received an automated response email, please contact our Director of Operations, Christy Howery


How many bottles must I ship?

We require the following number of bottles, cans, or pouches per entry:

  • Two (2) 750/700ml bottles (or the equivalent)
  • Eight (8) cans for each canned RTD/Mixer etc.
  • Three (3) 750/700ml bottles (or the equivalent) per entry for sparkling drinks.
  • Four (4) pouches per entry for frozen RTDs.
  • 100ml for Non-potable bitters and tinctures.


Are there extra steps for shipping spirits from outside the US?

Spirits shipped from outside the US must also complete the following:

  • FDA prior notice (click here for step-by-step Instructions).
  • Pro forma invoice, that lists the cost of the shipped spirits, NOT their retail value.
  • COLA or COLA waiver application if the spirit does not have current US importation.

These forms must be completed before shipping and submitted digitally to your carrier of choice (e.g. UPS, FedEx or DHL) to expedite clearance by US Customs, and included in an exterior shipping pouch on the box.

COLA Waiver applications must be received no later than February 9, 2024. Be advised that waivers can take more than a business week to process and once approved, they expire after 90 days.


How should I package my spirits?

ADI highly recommends shipping bottles in foam, pulp, or corrugated bottle shippers, or using inflatable bottle bags. See Uline, Polar Tech, Spirited Shipper, and Inflatable Packaging for examples.

Boxes must not exceed 40lbs (18kg)

Box dimensions not to exceed 36”L x 24” W x 24”H (91.44cm x 60.96cm x 60.96cm)

All bottles must be packaged in such a way that they will absolutely not break.

All boxes must have the ADI Shipping Label


What is my TTB ID#?

This is a unique 14-digit number for each approved COLA. It can be found through the TTBs Public COLA Registry or in Box 1 of your printed COLA. If you do not have a COLA enter 0000.

TTB Class-Type Number Printed COLA

What’s your cancellation or refund policy?

All registrations are final. Refunds are only available if bottles do not arrive due to circumstances outside of the entrant’s control such as carrier refusal, return, complete breakage etc. Refunds are not available for failure to ship or if bottles arrive after the competition. In these circumstances bottles and fees will be held and carried over to the next competition.

Where do I download….?

Submission Guidelines   –   Registration Checklist   –   Sample Pro Forma Invoice   –   Competition Protocols