Express Courier offers Vape Delivery as USPS and other carriers implement new bans

The United States Postal Service no longer delivers vaping products (or electronic nicotine delivery systems) through the U.S. Mail system. The ban includes products that contain THC and hemp/CBD. Several other national parcel carriers, including UPS, FedEx and DHL, are declining to ship vape products to people’s homes. The move, intended primarily to prevent e-cigarettes from reaching children, has many vape sellers scrambling for solutions.

Express Courier, the premier parcel carrier in the Southeast, will continue delivery of vaping products while adhering to all federal, state, and local regulations, including the requirement to obtain an adult’s signature upon delivery. Express Courier drivers have been trained in collecting adult signatures and will not leave packages containing vape products unless an adult provides proof of age and signs for the delivery.

Under the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act, there shall be no selling or delivering to an underage person, as determined by the applicable law of the place of delivery. This requires that delivery be signed and accepted by an adult who must provide identification verifying he or she is at least the minimum age required to purchase the product. The seller also cannot accept an order from a person without obtaining the person’s name, birth date, and address, and verifying this information through the use of a commercially available database to ensure the purchaser is of age.

Vape sellers have a trusted delivery partner in Express Courier, which has been in business for more than 37 years and has branches in eight states. Express Courier charges per delivery attempt for vape products and can verify delivery with signature capture, photo verification and bar code scan. Express Courier offers efficient and reliable delivery to all e-commerce businesses.

There are a handful of exceptions to USPS’s mailing of cigarettes as codified in 18 U.S.C. § 1716E.  These exceptions include intrastate shipping within Alaska and Hawaii, shipment between businesses engaged in tobacco product manufacturing, distribution, wholesale, export, import, testing, investigation, or research, shipments by individuals for noncommercial purposes (including the return of goods to manufacturer), limited shipments by manufacturers to adult smokers for consumer testing, and limited shipments by federal agencies for public health purposes. 

Sellers of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) must register with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the U.S. Attorney General.  Specifically, the registration requirement applies to any person who sells, transfers, or ships cigarettes for profit in interstate commerce or who advertises or offers cigarettes for sale, transfer or shipment.  Because “cigarette” is now defined to potentially include cannabis vaping products and components, it appears that this requirement will also apply to these sellers.

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