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Shipping Hemp Biomass

Shipping Hemp Biomass can be a huge hassle if you have never shipped it before. In this guide we will share the best methods we’ve learned to transport hemp biomass.

To start, you must always have the proper documentation, professional packaging, and a well-versed carrier who is willing to haul it.

Let’s go through some common questions about transporting biomass.

How Much Can Fit in One Truck?

Hemp biomass is most commonly packaged in super sacks. The most efficient way to package it in a truck is to stack the super sacks on top of each other prior to loading.


Shipping Hemp Biomass
Shipping Hemp Biomass

Once you have your hemp biomass ready for transport you may wonder how much can fit in each truck.

There are 4 different options: sprinter vans, box trucks, dry van, and refrigerated vans.

  • Sprinter Vans — capacity of 1000-1500 lbs of hemp biomass per shipment. They are 12′ long, 4′ wide, and about 5-6′ tall.
  • Box Trucks — capacity of 5000-6000 lbs of hemp biomass per shipment. All box trucks are 7.5-8′ wide, 8′ tall, and vary from 12-26′ long depending on the clients needs.
  • Dry Vans and Refrigerated Trucks — largest trucks we have and can hold up to 15,000-33,000 lbs of hemp biomass per shipment. All dry vans and refrigerated trucks are 8′ wide, 8′ tall, and 53′ long.
Capacity of Shipping Hemp Biomass
Capacity of Shipping Hemp Biomass

Optimal Methods of Shipping Hemp Biomass (By Weight)

When we talk to our clients about shipping hemp biomass we have one question before we do anything, how much biomass are you shipping.


Sprinter Van Hemp Biomass
Sprinter Van Hemp Biomass

If you are trying to ship 500 lbs across the country then we probably don’t have a solution for you due to how inexpensive the value of the cargo is. Using us generally makes sense at 1000+ lbs of hemp biomass.

0-1000 lbs:

You should look into shipping via UPS or DHL if you have a shipment that isn’t in a time crunch. These services offer a high-risk solution but are the least expensive. If this is a time sensitive shipment you should inquire and see what it would cost in a sprinter van.

1000-2000 lbs:

At this point, your cargo could be worth a bit more money and you wouldn’t want to risk this using a common carrier (UPS or DHL) because it could be confiscated or stolen. We recommend inquiring about the sprinter van service as they are relatively inexpensive and are always secured in the van with heavy duty alarm systems.

2000-6000 lbs:

For a larger shipment of hemp biomass you would want to use a dedicated box truck. These trucks have gates in the back that close and are locked with a heavy duty pad lock. For extra security, you can request a tamper proof seal that will let you know if anyone has opened the gate prior to drop off.

6000+ lbs:

These 53′ semi trucks are for the largest shipments of hemp biomass. Each 53′ truck can hold 26 pallets so if you have 500lbs per supersack then you would be able to fit 13,000 lbs. If you double stack the super sacks you would be able to get 26,000 lbs.

Advantages of Using Fide Freight

Sometimes we aren’t the best solution for your shipment and your dedicated account manager will certainly let you know that. But a majority of the time we can help you out in more ways than another provider.

Dedicated Account Manager: Door-To-Door, Scheduling, Changes In-Transit

This is by far the biggest advantage we offer over USPS. Think about the questions below:

  • How close is your relationship with your logistics provider?
  • Do they offer you specials and help you out when you have hard questions?
  • Have you ever had a shipment in-transit and the drop location changed or no one would be available at drop-off for a few hours?

Many providers aren’t accommodating and don’t provide 1-on-1 support 24/7. With Fide, you’ll be able to text/call your account manager anytime about any problem or need you have.

Our personalized service provides you with everything you need to make a shipment go smoothly. We provide a door-to-door service that works around your schedule. All you have to do is tell your personal logistics rep the size of your shipment and they will find the most effective solution and accommodate to your needs.

Economical: Cost Effective

As we explained earlier, UPS is cheaper to ship when you look at the raw cost of shipping. However, we can be very competitive when it comes to orders over 1000 lbs of hemp biomass.

Next time you ship a package with UPS calculate the time it takes you to prepare for the shipment and getting it setup in UPS’s system. Give us a call and we take it from there. Have one ag license and COA for our driver and begin loading where you want! It’s that easy.

Reliability: Zero Confiscations & Hold Ups

We’ve all heard the story of a licensed UPS hemp handler getting their package held up or the logistics provider who said they had a solution but a truck never showed up.

It’s unknown why and when UPS will hold up your package, this happens all the time and UPS hasn’t responded publicly to the problem.

We create special routings and driving schedules to ensure that we won’t be in any problem areas. To date, we have never had a package confiscated. Our driver’s understand exactly what they are hauling and how to handle any issues with law enforcement.

Are These Loads Insured?

Most companies do not have hemp-specific cargo insurance. It is very important to request a copy of their insurance and call their agent to ensure that it covers industrial hemp.

We currently carry $100,000 in cargo insurance but have options to add a one-time rider for all-risk insurance.

All-Risk Insurance

Fide Freight is pleased to offer All-Risk insurance upon request. We can obtain up to $5,000,000 in all-risk hemp cargo insurance coverage.

Please locate our hemp insurance calculator to see how much it will cost to cover your next big shipment.

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