Under the 2018 Farm Bill, it's currently legal to transport hemp, and hemp-related products, across the United States. Unfortunately, a federal frame of regulations is lacking; farmers and producers can't be sure, at this moment, that their crops and products will get to their destinations without any legal hiccups.
So, if you're a hemp or CBD business owner, consider these next tips when contemplating transporting your hemp or hiring a transportation company.
Have your paperwork ready
Paperwork can be a lifesaver, as it should, and having it right on time could mean retaining your crops in an encounter with the police. So be aware of what exactly you need to show. Most commonly, authorities will ask for a Certificate of Analysis, a post-harvest lab result that shows your hemp doesn't exceed the legal THC limit of 0.3%.
You should also be able to provide a Growers License from the hemp's state of origin, and, in some cases, you may get asked for a Processors License for the end destination of the transported plant.
You should have a tight and organized schedule for your shipping process. Of course, details like shipping address, routes, etc. should have been arranged before departure, and a total piece count and weight of the product should have been done. It's best practice to label and number everything.
Ensure to have the appropriate equipment—such as forklifts and pallet jacks—to load and unload the product in the pick-up and receiving sites.
Transporting is just one half of the process. You'll have to assure the arrival of the product to its destination. Rely on qualified staff and place them at the receiving location with the proper equipment to secure the load.
It's recommended to have an appointed person dedicated to welcome and send off drivers. This staff member will be in charge of the Bill of Ladings, checking the product piece count and verifying if everything that was shipped was received.
Choose the right company
Regardless of the measures you take to transport your hemp successfully, it's still a big undertaking. Sometimes, the best option is to contact a specialized company. However, verifying the reliability of the company of your choosing is an unskippable task.
Check if they have shipped hemp before and if they have hemp specific Cargo Insurance—not everyone can transport hemp. Also, what security measures do they employ? Do they track the shipment via GPS? Do they pick up the phone when you need them?
Hemp-specific companies like 357 Company, and their division 357 Hemp Logistics, for example, have built a robust background in the market, guaranteeing you safe hemp transportation. Don't put your product at risk with inexperienced companies.