Electronic smoking devices

Effective Oct. 21, the Postal Service’s mailing requirements will include vape pens, e-cigarettes, e-liquid pods, and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) as generally nonmailable matter.

The change is required by the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act, a federal law that recently took effect.

ENDS are defined as electronic devices that deliver a substance, which may or may not include nicotine, to a user through an aerosolized solution inhaled from the device.  ENDS also include components, liquids, parts or accessories for such devices.

USPS mailing requirements currently restrict shipments of ENDS, cigarettes and smokeless tobacco in domestic mail.

However, domestic shipments can be considered mailable only if they qualify for one of the following conditional exceptions:

• Shipments within Alaska or within Hawaii;

• Shipments between businesses approved by the Pricing and Classification Service Center (PCSC);

• Shipments between PCSC-approved businesses and federal or state regulators;

• Noncommercial shipments by adult individuals; and

• Shipments of cigarettes for consumer testing by PCSC-approved manufacturers or federal agencies.

Other than within Alaska or Hawaii, commercial business-to-customer shipments of cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and ENDS products do not qualify for any exception and are prohibited.

Cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and ENDS are also prohibited — without exception — in inbound and outbound international mail; shipments to and from Army/Air Post Office, Fleet Post Office and Diplomatic Post Office addresses; and shipments to and from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.

The Postal Explorer, PostalPro and Federal Register websites have more information.

Put a PIN on it

The Postal Service is reminding employees who haven’t created personal identification numbers, or PINs, for their Citibank GSA SmartPay 3 travel cards to do so before traveling.

Citibank cards are embedded with small, metallic EMV (Europay, MasterCard, Visa) microchips on the front side that allow cardholders to complete the transactions when the card is inserted into a terminal and/or a four-digit PIN is typed on the keypad.

The PIN provides the travel card with an extra level of security.

Employees who have experienced problems when attempting to complete travel card transactions using chip and PIN terminals probably haven’t set a PIN number.

To set a PIN number, call Citibank at 800-790-7206.

Hire learning

“News Quiz” is a weekly feature that lets you test your knowledge of recent Link stories. The correct answers appear at the end.

1. Fill in the blank: USPS wants to fill approximately (blank) holiday seasonal jobs this year.

a) 10,000
b) 25,000
c) 40,000
d) 65,000

2. Which position did Marc D. McCrery serve in before becoming Customer Experience vice president?

a) Corporate Affairs vice president
b) Corporate Communications vice president
c) Marketing vice president
d) Technology Applications vice president

3. True or false: Frintz, a photo delivery service, received the Grand Champion Award during this year’s USPS Next Generation Awards competition.

a) True
b) False

4. According to USPS, what publication should customers consult before shipping care packages to college students?

a) Publication 22, Expedited Packaging Supplies
b) Publication 52, Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail
c) Publication 162, Because the Mail Matters
d) Publication 339, You Are Your Most Important Delivery

5. Match the product or service in Column A with this year’s recommended deadline for the holiday shipping season in Column B.

Column A
a) First-Class Mail packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
b) First-Class Mail, including greeting cards
c) Priority Mail
d) Priority Mail Express

Column B
I) Dec. 17
II) Dec. 17
III) Dec. 18
IV) Dec. 23

Answers: 1) c. 2) d. 3) a. 4) b. 5) a. I., b. II., c. III., d. IV.

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