The issue of shipping vapes has been a burning hot topic, but USPS has put an end to the discussion. Since October 2021, USPS no longer allows individuals and small businesses to send vapes and electronic cigarettes through the mail.
USPS Officially Prohibits Shippers to Send Vapes and E-Cigarettes through its Network
On October 21, 2021, USPS issued a final ruling that prohibits individuals and small businesses from sending vapes through the mail. This ruling also applies to electronic cigarettes and other battery-powered nicotine products. Pursuant to the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act, USPS now lumps vapes and e-cigarettes into its list of prohibited items. This law prohibits USPS to deliver tobacco products of any kind, including regular cigarettes.
All Major Carriers Now Ban Vape Products
For eCommerce businesses who rely on shipping out vapes and e-cigarettes, options are now…extremely limited. Before USPS prohibited them, UPS banned all vape products in its United States network. FedEx also banned vape products to be sent in its network, as well.
Note: there are certain items that UPS allows shippers to send on a contractual basis; however, vape products are not one of them. As the UPS website displays, vape products are part of the list of items that UPS prohibits altogether, and not a part of the items they restrict.
The Difference Between Prohibited vs. Restricted Items
If you’re researching items that you can and can’t ship, you’ve likely come across the terms “Prohibited” and “Restricted” items. A lot of shippers mix them up, but the main difference is: you can ship some restricted items if you enter into a specific agreement with your carrier to do so. These agreements come in the form of special contracts, and you’ll need to contact your shipping carrier of choice to enter into one.
On the other hand, you cannot ship prohibited items at all. Now that USPS, UPS, and FedEx have all deemed vape products as prohibited items, you can’t ship them in any of their networks within the United States.