(a) Upon applicant's compliance with the provisions of this chapter and the regulations made thereunder, the board shall issue to applicant an importer license which shall authorize the licensee to import alcoholic beverages manufactured outside the United States of America into this state or for sale or distribution within this state of liquor and wine to the board or the state, and table wine and beer to wholesaler licensees of the board. No person shall import alcoholic beverages manufactured outside the United States into this state or for sale or distribution within this state or to the state, the board or any licensee of the board, unless such person shall be granted an importer license issued by the board.
(b) An importer licensee shall not sell any alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises where sold; nor, unless issued a wholesale license, sell or deliver to any retailer; nor deliver any such alcoholic beverages in other than original containers approved as to capacity by the board, and in accordance with standards of fill prescribed by the U. S. Treasury Department; nor maintain or operate within the state any place or places, other than the place or places covered by his or its importer license, where alcoholic beverages are sold or where orders are taken.
(c) Each importer licensee shall be required to file with the board, prior to making any sales in Alabama, a list of its labels to be sold in Alabama and shall file with the board its federal certificate of label approvals or its certificates of exemption as required by the U. S. Treasury Department. All liquors and wines whose labels have not been registered as herein provided for shall be considered contraband and may be seized by the board or its agents, or any peace officers of the State of Alabama, without a warrant and said goods shall be delivered to the board and disposed of as provided by law.
(d) All such importer licensees shall be required to mail to the board prior to the twentieth day of each month a consolidated report of all shipments of beer and table wine made to each wholesaler during the preceding month and of all shipments of alcoholic beverages received during the preceding month. Such reports shall be in such form and containing such information as the board may prescribe.
(e) The books and records of such licensee shall, at all times, be open to inspection by members of the board, or by persons duly authorized and designated by the board. Members of the board and its duly authorized agents shall have the right, without hindrance, to enter any place which is subject to inspection hereunder, or any place where such records are kept for the purpose of making such inspections and making transcripts thereof.
(f) Licenses issued under this section shall, unless revoked or suspended in the manner provided in this chapter, be valid for the license year commencing January 1 of each year.