Do retailers that don’t ship products need to register with ATF to receive shipments from other vendors?

No. The PACT Act does not address the receipt of products.

A person who does not sell, transfer, or ship for profit cigarettes (which will include electronic nicotine delivery systems or “ENDS” after March 27, 2021) or smokeless tobacco in interstate commerce, such cigarettes or smokeless tobacco are shipped into a state, locality or Indian country of an Indian tribe taxing the sale or use of cigarettes or smokeless tobacco and who does not advertise or offers cigarettes or smokeless tobacco for such sale, transfer or shipment, does not need to register with ATF. Therefore, a retailer who does not do any of these activities, but who only receives shipments from other vendors, does not need to register with ATF. 

Last Reviewed October 28, 2021