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Written by Puff Staff

Sunday, 22 September 2013

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The Padding

Padding is a must, and don’t try to skimp—use lots to keep your cigars from getting damaged. There are a variety of things you can use for padding, like scrunched-up newspapers or tissue paper. If you’ve received packages that were padded with those inflated plastic bladders, bubble wrap or Styrofoam peanuts, save them and reuse them now. Bubble wrap bags that can accommodate and protect your cigars are good, too.

 

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The more padding the better—and pack it tightly so the cigars have no room to bounce around in the box. After you pack the box, shake it. If you hear anything moving around, repack it. Plastic grocery bags can also be used for padding, provided your city hasn’t banned them so you can’t get any.

The Shipping

USPS Priority Mail is a good choice for shipping cigars, since the rate is currently about $5 for up to a pound, plus you get free delivery information. (Since the post office is constantly raising its rates, check their site for the latest information.) Priority Mail packages usually arrive in a couple of days, which is obviously important when you’re shipping perishable items. It’s a good idea to get a delivery confirmation number from the post office so you can be sure your package arrived on time and in good condition.

 

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In very warm weather, it’s a good idea to get your cigar package to the post office on Monday or Tuesday so it won’t be sitting in a hot warehouse all weekend. You should also pack a water pillow like the Humi-Care Portable Humidification Pillows when shipping to very dry areas or if your package is likely to be in transit more than a couple of days.

The Legal Stuff

Do be aware that as of 2010, the U.S. Postal Service has tobacco restrictions that you should read before shipping any tobacco items. Cigarettes and smokeless tobacco items may not be mailed in the U.S. Here’s the line on cigars: “Cigars are still mailable domestically, as well as internationally, unless prohibited by the destination country.”

Some cigar aficionados have reported being harassed by employees of their local post office who told them that it was illegal to mail cigars. If confronted, point them to the sentence above, because at this time, it is legal to send cigars through the mails, as well as by UPS or FedEx.

You already know Cuban cigars are illegal in the U.S., so you can’t ship them here, right? And don’t expect anyone else to break the law by sending them to you.

Master the fine points of shipping cigars and soon all of your cigar loving pals will be happy to trade smokes with you!






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