On December 27, 2020, Congress amended the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (“PACT”) Act to apply to e-cigarettes and all vaping products. The PACT Act, among other things, prohibits the use of the U.S. Postal Service (“USPS”) to deliver cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products directly to consumers.
This change in the law for consumer shipments led to FedEx and UPS both announcing that they would stop shipments of all vapor products not only to consumers but also to businesses. These changes will go into effect for FedEx and UPS over the next months. FedEx and UPS simply made corporate decisions to stop shipments of these products for their own internal reasons.
What's Medusa's Plan?
At Medusa, we're working to not only comply with any and all new rules with regards to the PACT Act, but also working with USPS to become compliant with their new rules so we can continue to deliver shipments that contain items prohibited by UPS and FedEx to our business customers across the country. In addition to USPS, we will partner with regional carriers to deliver packages to businesses.
We are as committed as we have ever been to this industry and our customers.
The final rules have yet to be formulated and we are working with our attorneys to make sure we understand those new rules and comply with them as soon as they are made available.
Is there ANY good news?
In our view, the restrictions on e-commerce shipments of vapor products to consumers should lead to increased foot traffic for brick and mortar retail stores across the country.
We encourage all of our retail partners to continue serving their customers.
There have been many challenges over the past several years for the vapor industry. There are likely to be more after this, but together, we'll get through them.
We will provide additional updates as we have them.