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How to ship hemp products

With hemp farming becoming more common in certain places worldwide, many businesses and individual shippers wish to know, ‘can you ship hemp and how to import and export industrial hemp legally?’ If you are thinking of transporting hemp, be sure to first check if this is possible and how to prepare for industrial hemp delivery.

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How to ship hemp – delivery options

Transportation solutions to consider depending on the size and time-sensitivity of your shipment:

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*Please have in mind that some courier companies may include hemp products in the list of prohibited items. For any clarifications, please contact our team of specialists via chat.


How to pack hemp for shipping – Industrial hemp

When you plan to ship industrial hemp in bulk, proper packing is essential to avoid damage during transport. Prepare for industrial hemp transportation and ship your hemp in a few easy steps:

  1. Prepare hemp bales by bundling the hemp fibre together using strong twine or plastic straps
  2. Cover with foam wrap and secure with tape or additional plastic straps
  3. For small bales – place hemp bales into a box and use bubble wrap or newspaper to fill any gaps.
  4. For large bales – place into a large cardboard box or secure onto a pallet using pallet straps and shrink-wrap
  5. Seal and label the box or pallet if required

How to pack hemp products for shipping

Depending on the type of hemp product you want to ship, packaging guidelines may differ. When packing hemp products, it is crucial to ensure the products are well cushioned and protected.

  • Liquid hemp products: Place them into a zip-lock bag first, to avoid leakage. Then place them into an appropriately-sized box, and fill any extra space with additional cushioning, such as newspaper or packing peanuts.
  • Hemp oils and CBD products: Check our page on shipping hemp oil, cannabis seeds, CBD products and other cannabis-based products.

Regulations for exporting hemp – is industrial hemp export legal?

Industrial hemp is used in a variety of commercial products, furniture, textiles, biofuel and beauty products, however, its legality varies around the world. If you are thinking of exporting industrial hemp from the USA, it is important to check the specific state’s regulations. While hemp is no longer illegal on a federal level, quite some states prohibit hemp production on a state level. Likewise, within the European Union. While regulations allow the cultivation and distribution of hemp fibre with THC levels less than 0.2% in most EU countries, each member state has its own regulations. Meanwhile, in the UK, industrial hemp can be grown under a specific license.

Before you decide to import or export hemp, you should first check the regulations relating to the specific destinations, as you may require a hemp export license or phytosanitary certificate.


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Frequently asked questions about shipping industrial hemp

Do all couriers allow the shipping of hemp products?
It is important to note that not all courier companies will ship hemp products internationally. For example, DHL, TNT, and UPS will not ship products containing cannabis. Each courier has specific rules and requirements for different shipments and services, so we recommend checking this further with the designated courier for your route. When booking Express or Regular plus shipping services, please make sure not to include these items as the courier will refuse to collect the parcel. If you need further assistance, you can reach us by chat, phone or email before shipping to discuss your options further.
What kinds of hemp products do people send through courier services?

Products made from hemp biomass are becoming more and more popular, as hemp has a variety of uses and benefits. Some hemp products which people choose to send include:

  • Hemp oils, for cooking, aromatherapy and beauty treatments
  • Hemp cosmetics and beauty products
  • Hemp clothing and accessories, including jeans, coats, backpacks and sunglasses
  • Pet products, including toys, leashes and collars
  • Hemp paper and stationery
Can you ship hemp products and industrial hemp through courier services?

Shipping hemp products and industrial hemp via courier are possible, but the limits vary between regions. In the European Union, most couriers will accept hemp products that contain less than 0.2% THC, while in Australia, the limit is 0.005% THC.

However, please be aware that shipping cannabis-based products are illegal in some destinations, so you should check the concentration and regulations of the specific destination carefully as well as the courier limitations.

Please consider that sending cannabis-based products for recreational purposes which contain a concentration of THC higher than 0.2% by courier, is not allowed with most couriers and in most countries in the EU.

Individuals who choose to ship industrial hemp without the proper authorisation do so at their own risk, and insurance will not apply.

How can I ship hemp oil and CBD products?
For information on shipping hemp oil, cannabis seeds, CBD products and other cannabis-based products, please see our dedicated pages.
Can I ship products with hemp packaging by courier?
Hemp-based packaging is fast becoming a popular, environmentally friendly alternative to plastic, non-biodegradable methods. Shipping items with hemp-based packaging is legal, as long as their THC content is below the before mentioned limit allowed for shipping hemp products.

Take into consideration these guidelines when shipping industrial hemp. Nevertheless, please consider that following them does not guarantee that the courier company will transport your package without restriction. In case you decide to ship industrial hemp, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transportation of your shipment.