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Shipping Hemp Oil

Shipping Hemp Oil can be a huge hassle if you have never shipped it before. In fact, as of mid-August the DEA ruled some new regulations you can view here. It’s a developing story but from the sounds of it the shipment may have to be in T-Free or isolate form. In this guide we will share the best methods we’ve learned to transport hemp oil.

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 hemp oil.

How Much Can Fit in One Truck?

Hemp oil is generally packaged in 55 gallon drums or 5 gallon pales. To make loading/unloading easier our clients will usually stack and strap them to a pallet.


55 Gallon Drum Shipment
55 Gallon Drum Shipment

Once you have your hemp oil 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 up to 3000 lbs of hemp oil per shipment. They are 12′ long, 4′ wide, and about 5-6′ tall.
  • Box Trucks — capacity of 5000-6000 lbs of hemp oil 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 oil 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 Oil (By Weight)

When we talk to our clients about shipping hemp oil we have one question before we do anything. How much oil are you shipping?


Hemp Crude Oil Shipment
Shipping Hemp Oil in 5 Gallon Pales

Generally with hemp oil it is more about the weight rather than the dimensions. It is easy to justify shipping any amount of hemp oil with our expedited service because of the price of the cargo.

In fact, many of our clients came to us because they lost a shipment with a common carrier (UPS).

0-3000 lbs:

If you are shipping 1-8 (55) gallon drums then you would be able to fit that in a sprinter van. 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 oil 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 oil. Each 53′ truck can hold 26 pallets so if you have 55 gallon drums you would be able to 104 drums per truckload. The maximum weight capacity per truck is 43,000 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, there is a high risk your shipment will be confiscated or stolen. One lost shipment could cost you tens of thousands of dollars.

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 routing 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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