Guidance for Shipping Hemp and CBD

On March 4, 2019, The United States Postal Service released an advisory “Acceptance Criteria for Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil and Products Containing CBD”. The advisory included the following instructions for shippers:

Any mailer who presents CBD oil or other CBD products derived from industrial hemp for mailing must demonstrate that their mailing is compliant with the Agricultural Act of 2014 by providing the following documentation:

  • A signed self-certification statement, subject to the False Statements Act (118 S.C. § 1001). Statements must be printed on the mailers own letterhead, must be signed by the mailer, and musTinclude the text “I certify that all information furnished in this letter and supporting documents are accurate, truthful, and complete. I understand that anyone who furnishes false or misleading information or omits information relating to this certification may be subject to criminal and/or civil penalties, including fines and imprisonment.”
  • The industrial hemp producer possesses a license issued by the Department of Agriculture, for the state where the Post Office/acceptance unit is located, which includes documentation identifying the producer by name and showing the mailer is authorized by the registered producer to market products manufactured by that producer.
  • The industrial hemp, or products produced from industrial hemp, contains delta-9 THC concentration of not more than 0.3% on a dry weight basis
  • Mailers must provide, at a minimum, a signed self-certification statement on their own letterhead, a document showing the mailer has authorization to market CBD products by the entity registered or licensed by the State, and a lab report detailing the THC concentration of the CBD product.

EVIO shall obtain copies of the above-described documentation and retain it until the expiration date shown on the state Department of Agriculture license. Also included is a template certification statement. At this time, EVIO discourages use of FedEx or UPS for shipment of hemp or CBD products.