Ban on Shipping Vape Products Bought Online Begins
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 — an emergency economic relief and government spending package for COVID-19 — was approved by the President on December 27, 2020.
This latest bill includes many provisions that will support a lot of industries. However, it also includes legislation that might profoundly affect the e-cigarette industry.
Namely, the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act (PACT Act) is the new legislation that will prevent the sale of electronic nicotine products as well as accessories without nicotine.
This act is also called a “vape mail ban” because the USPS has to prohibit the shipping of such products. Not only that, but it also demands several requirements for online sales, including:
- All online sales require third-party identity verification.
- Retailers have to work with a shipping service that checks age at delivery.
- Retailers have to provide records of all transactions to the state’s tax administrator.
- Retailers have to keep records of any delivery delays or unfinished deliveries for five years if the identity of the buyer cannot be confirmed.
During the pandemic, countless people started shopping online more due to safety concerns. That is also true for vape consumers and small vape local shops that quickly transferred from offline to online sales.
With the USPS and FedEx no longer wanting to ship vape products, the list of potential shippers is getting thinner by the minute. The other critical step will be third-party age verification, without which deliveries won’t be possible.
Hopefully, retailers have enough time to set up their new online sales system before the bill passes into law; otherwise, they might lose a lot of their profits.