Yesterday, I read a post in the CASAA Group on Facebook that said that DHL was stopping a bunch of KangerTech shipments from China.
DHL has stopped hundreds of boxes from Kanger Tech to the US. This is not eliquid nor dry battery goods. These are evods and internal battery devices that are being stopped. My company placed an order last week only to find this out today. If anyone here in this group has any knowledge of this or knows something please let me know. Thanks.
When I think KangerTech, I think tanks, not batteries so this post worried me since DHL is responsible for a ton of shipments of ecig products from China to the US. I didn’t really read into it much and initially thought that this was for all ecig products. I already knew that they wouldn’t ship e-liquids.
I started polling friends that own B&M stores and some of the replies to my questions lined up with my assumptions. One store owner answered the question I asked about what percentage of shipments they get from China are shipped using DHL with, “A lot. I guess FedEx is going to have to step it up.” Another said, “50+ Percent”. Lisa from Victory Vapors in Tuscaloosa, AL told me that pretty much all of her shipments from China came in via DHL and went on to say that some of the vendors she uses don’t even offer other solutions.
In my own experience, all 3 packages I have received from China lately, 2 from Innokin and 1 from Hawk Vape, both came to my home via DHL. The Innokin packages would not be able to go DHL in the future, but if I understand it correctly, my Hawk Vape package would since they were mech mods with no battery.
This morning, I was trying to find more information and found this post on DiscountVapePen.com.
On Monday August 11, 2014 the international shipping carrier DHL declared it will not be shipping certain e-cigarette related products from China. This information comes after a fire broke out in one of the warehouses located in China. According to several e-cigarette suppliers located in Shenzhen, the alleged source of the fire was a battery that exploded from within a package. Where in the warehouse and what stage of shipping the package was in is not clear.
The author did some research on this matter and actually called DHL. The rep that he spoke with put him on hold and checked with someone. When she returned to the phone, she mentioned a fire from a combustible battery and stated that DHL would no longer be shipping batteries.
I’ll be honest here, I don’t like DHL one bit. I had some issues with them when I covered the mobile tech industry and would never voluntarily use DHL as a result.
This could be bad for the vape industry. There are already a handful of other courier services that won’t ship batteries and FedEx is more expensive. That should result in a higher markup of products in local B&Ms. Perhaps some local shops only use other solutions like dealing with US-based distributors or using other couriers altogether. I think DHL might change their tune eventually. When they see the income that will be lost as a result, they might reconsider. Until then, FedEx stands to gain from this decision by DHL.
Either way, this isn’t good news for the vape industry.