How to Ship Hemp

Plan Your Company’s Hemp Shipping Carefully

In 2020, hemp is federally legal but not without heavy regulation.  Hemp cultivation and processing requires compliance with either federal regulations from the previous Hemp Pilot program, or another state law authorizing hemp’s cultivation. Although there are a lot of conflicting factors on a state-by-state or county-by-county basis. The question of how to ship hemp is simple: use a logistics company to tie up the loose ends, stay within the law, use professional packaging.

The 2020 growing season will be the largest to date. With new states allowing hemp to be grown, it will bring a lot of attention to the logistics of transporting hemp. Here is how to ship hemp legally with Fide Freight.

Planning a hemp shipment
Planning a hemp shipment.

Understand The Legalities

Hemp is much different than other commodities due to the nature of the cannabis plant.

We  always provide our clients with a procedure for the transportation of the hemp shipment. This includes a package documenting all of the COAs, registrations and a bill of lading explaining the weight and lot numbers of the shipment.

Law Enforcement

In case our drivers do get pulled over we are prepared to show the law enforcement all documentation on the load and regarding legality of hemp.

Law enforcement will see:

    • Hemp’s certificates of analysis (COA)
    • Registrations for all parties involved in shipping
    • Letter of Acknowledgment
    • Permits on a state-by-state basis

We have never ran into any issues with law enforcement while shipping hemp. Fide Freight goes above and beyond the legalities of transporting this product. Our goal is to make sure their is no question as to the legality of the new commodity.

Have A Certificate Of Analysis (COA) Readily Available

A Certificate of Analysis (COA) is a promise made by a testing facility as to the contents of the hemp that was tested.  The testing facility must be approved by the state. These testing companies analyze your cannabis, either hemp or marijuana, and provide a COA as to what is in it.  The COA should include:

    • Lab that Performed the Test
    • Cannabinoid Profile
    • Third Party Lab
    • Heavy Metal Analysis
    • Pesticide Analysis

Proper hemp shipping requires having an independent third party COA.

COAs for a shipment.

Plan Your Hemp Shipping Route

This is where we can help you out. We utilize an updated state-by-state citation summary that allows us to map out a route to greatly reduce any chance of your shipment not making it. Idaho is now considered a safe state although you must follow strict restrictions, see our guide here.

Truck Security

All of our trucks are able to be locked up with tamper-proof and security alarm systems. Our drivers are able to provide pictures of the hemp prior to shipping and our hemp specific cargo insurance covers you in case something does happen.

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