Shipping hemp biomass


Hey all looking for recommendations of shipping companies accepting partial container loads or per pallet shipments of biomass on the west coast. Any advice greatly appreciated!


We’ve used YRC Freight before. It’s all about the bill of lading. Also having the field test & farm license on each pallet.

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Hmm I spoke with a rep a few days ago they said they weren’t accepting shipments yet. Looks like I got the wrong rep, I’ll try again. Thanks!


Here are the codes for “baled hemp” with YRC


COA to be included with bill of lading.

It wasn’t immediately obvious that they accept hemp, I was told by the first rep that they did not. “Nothing smokeable” and “it’s illegal in between states.”


Does anyone know which states in the west and southwest you can transport hemp through. New Mexico it looks like they don’t care about anything, Arizona is working on rules now but appears you will be able to move biomass in and out of the state with a license. What are rules in Colorado? I’m in the transport business and trying to see what routes will be legal this year.


Roll the dice lol


Don’t ship through IDAHO!!!


It seems as though you may want to get your shipment insured in case it gets seized by idiot law enforcement officials.


There was another big one in Oklahoma

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This incident is what hot me thinking lol


That one is hilarious. They tested the biomass and it was either under .3%, or occaisionally like .35%, so they’re sending all 9 tons to CO to get tested. I bet the Lab they send it to is honna be happy about that. Also, the DA on the case had only been on the job for 5 days and thought this was the win of a lifetime…it isn’t.

On a technical basis, hemp is specifically legal to ship inbetween states as long as the shipment has a COA showing less that .3% THC. Its actually INstate commerce that is more heavily regulated due to the Farm Bill requiring folks to abide by their state pilot program.

When the Oklahoma and Idaho “busts” fall apart, departments will see hemp as a waste of resources. They need convictions like a junkie needs a hit.


I’ve been looking to acquire volume and received an offer to have escort services included in the transportation…

now it makes me wonder if the escort would truly help the situation or would you just be creating even more unwanted attention :thinking:


Now is that delta 9 .3 thc or total thc for the shitter states?


Thats a great question. I don’t know that off the top. Assuming total THC is smart but I doubt the feds are tracking anything but D9 and D9THCa.


Idaho is a trace state for THC. So you can be charged with possession of a controlled substance even if under the .3 Federal limit. Sounds crazy and contradicts the Farm Bill which will be challenged no doubt. There is also an obscure law in Idaho that dates back to 1937 regarding hemp making it illegal. The state is looking at a legislation change, but things are always slower in Idaho. Expect to see a change in the law this year due to it being a huge agricultural state. Might be a baby step forward with limited canopy allotment and such, but I believe you will see something.


I hear both


Thanks ODA…

"ODA wants to alert you to potential risks with shipping hemp or hemp commodities out of state. Oregon hemp law ends at the Oregon state line.

Recently, law enforcement in other states confiscated raw Oregon hemp as illegal cannabis. In some cases, the truck drivers are now being charged with a criminal offense.

Until the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approves a state hemp regulatory plan for Oregon that meets the requirements of the 2018 Farm Bill, other states may continue to enforce their state-law prohibitions against transporting/shipping hemp through those states.

We urge you to use caution when shipping hemp out of state until further notice."


New Mexico is working on licensing right now as well. As it stands, I’m a bit worried the lack of rules might end up fucking those of us who get pulled over with a few hundred pounds of hemp and being considered “guilty until proven innocent”. I’m usually not one for legislation, but I also don’t like the idea of having to spend hours/days in jail and thousands of dollars waiting for them to test the hemp and drop the charges because some dumb pig decided it “looks and smells like weed” to them.

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Commercial truck interstate transportation falls under the FMCA’s jurisdiction. Product must be properly labeled and on a valid bill of lading specifing the shipper, carrier, and consignee. It can orignate in State A, get transported and/or transloaded through State B, and get delivered in State C by the ‘common carrier’.

So yes, it’s legal to ship interstate, but each State has the opportunity to require common carriers to be duly licensed to operate in their State and hold transport licenses for any specialty products (i.e. alcohol, hemp, cannabis), that the State deems necessary. So if a State (or county / city) bans the possession/transport of a product within their jurisdiction, they may have a right to impound/sieze it.

Also, Ag departments may have specific requirements for transporting / labeling plant material, plant quality (pests, invasives, pesticides, foreign matter) and origin facility/product sanitary inspections.

What does this mean for the canna/hemp industry?
-Shipper and consignee (recipient) should verify that the shipment complies with all origin & destination Ag labeling inspection / licensing items BEFORE transferring product over to the carrier.
-Fully and accurately describe/disclose the contents of the shipment to the carrier at quote and pickup. The carrier is responsible for complying with transport laws once they accept your shipment for transport. This may include routing around problem jurisdictions. If they can’t legally transport the product you properly and fully disclose to the destination, they will not accept the shipment.
-Still having issues? Ship via Air or Rail. States avoid regulating avation and rail commerce like the plague.

Good Luck!


They all are charging for the shiping.