As a buyer of vapor products, you may have noticed recently that your favorite online retailer has turned to private logistics companies to deliver your orders instead of the major carriers such as USPS, DHL and FedEx. Under the new PACT Act, this is not as much of a choice as an obligation. Major carriers no longer deliver products from vapor businesses to their end customers. What this means for you is a higher shipping fee, however, many vape enthusiasts consider it well worth the difference in order to keep receiving their favorite products.
Retailer Obligations Under the PACT Act
Under the recently passed PACT Act, working with private logistics companies is not the only change retailers have had to make. Below is a list of regulations retailers have to abide by under the PACT Act:
- Register with the tobacco tax administrators in their state and the Attorney General of the United States under the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
- Collect all applicable taxes for the products they sell and attach the required tax stamps to all parcels and products. As tax requirements can vary by state, it is each retailer’s responsibility to find out what applies to them.
- Submit a report to the tobacco tax administrator in their state by the 10th of each month. This report should contain copies of all sales transactions that have been made in the previous month, as well as the names and addresses of each customer and a list of the products they purchased.
- Comply with state and local regulations governing the sales of vaping products.
What Does This Mean for Customers?
The withdrawal of the major carriers from the shipping of vapor products first and foremost means an increase in shipping fee. There is no legal way around it, with private logistics companies experiencing a sudden increase in workload, hence the higher prices. Your tax obligations will be printed clearly on the parcel to avoid customers pleading ignorance with regards to the payments they have to make.
For customers, this will also mean stricter age verification processes. When checking out, a commercially available database will be accessed to this purpose and upon receiving your parcel, a signatory of legal age is required to show proof of ID. In addition, your customer information may be retained for up to a period of 5 years, especially if the carrier has reason to suspect you have violated the PACT Act.
Purchase from Vaping Businesses with Confidence
You can continue shopping with confidence from Discount Vape Pen despite the enforcement of the new PACT Act. Our team has been working and still is working closely with attorneys and private logistics companies to ensure we can continue delivering the products you need. Whether you are looking for vaping devices or other accessories, we are your trusted one-stop shop and you can be assured that we are in compliance with the latest PACT Act.