By now, you may have received news in regards to the upcoming PACT Act and vape mail restrictions, especially in regards to USPS, FedEx, and UPS. We want to offer some clarity on how this may affect the vape shipments moving forward.
Element Vape is committed to serving the vaping community and will continue to operate to serve our customers. Our team will be working with specialist carriers to build an extensive network of regional and local carriers for shipping deliveries, while adhering to compliance with State and Federal laws.
What is the PACT Act?
In December 2020, a congressional amendment to the PACT Act was signed into the law as part of the omnibus spending bill. The effect of this new law broadens the definition of tobacco products to include electronic cigarettes, vapes, E-Liquids, and vaping accessories.
Starting March 27, 2021 the PACT will require online retailers to collect state and local excise taxes on vaping products and require Adult Signature on all deliveries nationwide. Other compliance requirements includes labeling and packaging, record-keeping, and State and Federal registration and reporting.
Furthermore, USPS will be prohibited from accepting packages of vapor products. Unfortunately, FedEx and UPS have voluntarily issued internal policy changes to stop the shipment of vapor products as well.
For your information, these carriers are expected to stop shipping vape products starting the following dates:
-FedEx, March 1
-UPS, April 5
-U.S. Postal Service (USPS), once Final Guidance is issued*
*Note: We do not know when the announcement will be made by USPS.
Beginning March 22, 2021, our team will be activating the new delivery network, initially available for customers in certain regions of the U.S.
Coverage will be limited in the initial rollout and we may not be able to serve our entire customer base due to logistical constraint or lack of regional carrier service. However, as the carrier’s coverage expands, we will make sure shipping services are made available as soon as possible so hang on tight. Shipping options, costs, and coverage area will be made available during the checkout process.
Unfortunately, we will not be able to service customers in certain States and cities starting March 27. We are working closely with these States to ensure compliance and will resume operations as soon as possible.
In the meantime, we recommend customers to stock up on vaping gears and E-Liquids to ensure adequate inventory reserve while shipping operations are still normal.
Moving forward, all packages will require Adult Signature (21+) upon delivery and will include a $5 Fee at checkout. You can read more about the service here:
Why Does My Order Require An Adult Signature?
If we are unable to ship to your State, a notification will be indicated at checkout. If it is a temporary pause, we are working closely with the State to resume sales as soon as possible. Please check in with us in a few weeks as our shipping options will be made more available weekly.
We strive to continue serving customers in the vaping community, maintaining high levels of customer service and product offerings. Thank you for your continued support for years to come!