State of Vape: The Future of Vape Mail

State of Vape: The Future of Vape Mail

The team is dedicated to helping your business succeed. Throughout all the challenges the vaping industry is facing, you can rely on the team to help you navigate through the legislation and regulations that are in effect or being proposed. Many major shipping services, including private ones, are considering ending delivery of vape products.

How The PACT Act Could Affect Your Business

The PACT Act was passed as part of the Congressional spending bill that not only ended the ability of the USPS to ship vaping products to consumers’ homes, but also instituted a number of regulations that many manufacturers and distributors have seen as an excessive burden to their business operations. FedEx announced a similar ban as of March 1, and now UPS is announcing their own ban as well. 

Vaping360’s Jim McDonald reports, “Effective April 5, 2021, UPS will not transport vaping products to, from, or within the United States due to the increased complexity to ship these products.” Another shipping service, DHL, already had a ban on domestic retail shipments involving vape products. While these vape mail bans have been announced, anything can change between the time of this writing and when the bans are expected to be put in place.

The Good News

There is good news, however. The new rules put in place are very broad and clarification on these rules may be needed before actual enforcement can take place. The USPS ban may not take place until after the final rule is issued. In the case of the final rule regarding PMTA, this took at least four months. So the 120 day deadline could be pushed out even further than expected.

As of this writing, the USPS has not issued any new rules. Currently, other tobacco products such as smokeless tobacco and cigarettes can be shipped to shops. Assuming the new law also allows manufacturers and distributors to ship vape products to each other, your vape shop may still be able to still receive products. The team is hard at work looking into many different delivery options and we plan to update you if any other news arises regarding this situation.

Your Shop and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic makes ending the shipping of vaping products to individuals difficult for vapers to receive their alternative nicotine products. Ideally, vape shops should continue curbside pickup to keep their business going. Some vape shops should consider local delivery if it is permitted in your area, as some customers may still be hesitant to visit a vape shop. The team believes that ending vape mail could be counter-intuitive to stay at home measures that have been necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The team encourages you to take action. As a business owner, you are in a great position to advocate for your business and your customers. We will be monitoring the situation and we will let you know if there are any updates. If you have any questions or concerns, you can always contact your account manager or sales representative.
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