PACT Act Update
Effective March 27, 2021, Congress amended the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (“PACT”) Act to regulate the sale and delivery of vapor products in the same manner as cigarettes. The federal legislation is intended to prevent online sales to minors and ensure tax compliance by sellers of vape products, which we fully support and adhere to. Unfortunately, the change in legislation prohibits USPS from shipping vapor products to adult consumers, pending the release of a final rule. This change may temporarily impact our shipping capabilities.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the PACT Act and how does it impact Bantam?
The PACT Act, which was passed in 2009, imposed various compliance obligations on tobacco-related businesses and prohibits the U.S. Postal Service from shipping cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to individual consumers. In December 2020, Congress amended the PACT Act to include vapor products. In a nutshell, this means Bantam will no longer be able to use USPS to ship our individual consumers’ vape orders.
Some of Bantam’s business customers may also be temporarily impacted. Please contact your designated sales representative for more information.
Can you ship my product with a private carrier?
While the PACT Act does not prohibit private carriers from shipping vapor products, it does impose compliance obligations such as obtaining an adult signature upon delivery. Unfortunately, many major private carriers have made the decision to cease the shipment of vapor products. But don’t worry, we are working to identify alternative shipping options, which will allow us to continue online sales!
When will Bantam pause its online sales?
Bantam plans to fulfill online orders until USPS publishes its final rule. In the meantime, we are tirelessly working to identify alternative shipping options, which will allow us to continue online sales to our individual consumers!
Where can I purchase Bantam products while online sales are paused?
Bantam products can be purchased through our trusted retail partners. Use our store locater tool to find a Bantam retailer near you.
How will I know when Bantam resumes its online sales?
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