Last month, Congress ruled that it was now illegal to ship electronic cigarettes and other vaping products within the United States and abroad. As a result, neither individuals nor businesses are now able to ship vaping products with USPS. This change came as part of an amendment to the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act, and technically took effect on April 26th. However, USPS has announced a delay to the implementation of this rule.
The Postal Service’s Reason for Delaying the Ban on Shipping Vaping Products
USPS has postponed the implementation of the ban because it needs to give more consideration to the matter. The fact is, thousands of businesses legally ship similar products, and they rely on the USPS network each day. Consequently, this ban on e-cigarettes and vape products won’t just affect businesses in the cigarette industry. It will also hurt many small operations who (legally) manufacture and ship other products, such as industrial hemp-derived CBD.
Currently, USPS hasn’t provided a clear definition of when a final decision will take place. On Monday, April 26th, USPS spokesman David P. Coleman provided the following quote via email:
“Despite our best efforts, in order to ensure thorough and thoughtful consideration of the complex issues and voluminous comments by industry, individual, and governmental stakeholders, the Postal Service is unable to publish a final rule by today’s target date.”
That said, Coleman also stated that USPS would finalize the rule “as soon as possible,” and that shippers should be “prepared for implementation upon publication anytime.”
What About FedEx and UPS?
Just last week, USPS reminded businesses making vape components to prepare for new prohibitions on sending their products. However, shippers shouldn’t necessarily jump ship to the other major carriers just yet. Both FedEx and UPS have already said they plan to follow the Postal Service’s guidance. Therefore, individuals and businesses soon won’t be able to ship vape products with UPS or FedEx, either.