Now that you understand selling CBD can be a little complicated, you’re left with an important first step. It’s time to discover if your supplier’s CBD is actually legal to ship.
Now that you have the basics down for shipping CBD legally, there are some other things to consider to make sure you’re dotting your Is and crossing your Ts.
How can I know my supplier’s CBD is legal to ship?
However, ShipBob had to fill out an application and was approved by FedEx to ship CBD products with under 0.3% THC in them.
THC is the ingredient that is still illegal in several countries and in many US states. CBD, on the other hand, simply acts as natural medicine, and has been touted to ease pain, soothe anxiety, prevent epileptic seizures, and more.
You also want to make sure your supplier is actually licensed to grow and produce CBD. If they’re not licensed, you’ll face the risk of your supplier getting shut down and some legal troubles of our own.
It’s simple, your fulfillment partner should be well versed in the laws and regulations surrounding the storage and shipping of CBD products. They should be alerting you when there are new rules and regulations, not the other way around. While shipping carriers no longer require accompanying CBD documentation at the time of shipping, they can request it and put your products on hold at any time. Having a partner who can quickly resolve these issues is a must.
But like with any other wild west market, CBD's rules and regulations can be unclear, creating seller confusion. Not only should the seller have a clear understanding of the CBD laws, but they should also have a good fulfillment strategy to ensure a seamless customer experience. Often, CBD sellers will outsource their fulfillment needs to a dedicated fulfillment company, also known as a 3PL or third-party logistics provider.
The CBD is hemp-derived and contains .03% THC or less.
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The CBD needs to be hemp-derived and contain less than .03 percent THC.
The seller is responsible for their own compliance and the seller is not required to present the documentation at the time of shipping. However, USPS may request the necessary documentation at any time and the seller needs to have them readily available.
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If you attempt to ship CBD with a THC level greater than 0.3%, you may face consequences, including arrest, for sending illegal substances through the mail. At the very least, your products can be destroyed in transit upon discovery.
Whether you use a CBD supplier or grow it yourself, any CBD product must come from a licensed grower. In other words, you can’t just ship your uncle’s experimental cannabis plants he grew in his shed. You may be able to legally import into the U.S. a CBD product, but you should consult an attorney.
Both you and your supplier can face legal challenges and risk getting arrested or shut down for selling illegal products. Being a licensed grower means a state government official has oversight over the production of the hemp crop.
Top Carriers Who Accept CBD Shipments
The CBD you ship must have THC levels of not more than 0.3%, and you must be able to verify in writing the CBD and THC levels of the products you are shipping.
CBD company Nature’s Ultra is able to provide 2-day shipping to all of its U.S. customers using ShipBob, so that they can compete with the convenience of Amazon Prime delivery standards. This has allowed them to scale up and become successful — Nature’s Ultra went from $70,000 in sales in 2018 to over $7 million in sales in 2019.
You are a considered a “compliant” CBD business if you:
Make sure you fully understand the destinations to which your business is allowed to legally ship CBD products. Even if CBD is legal in a certain country, you may have trouble shipping items to that country. If you are located in the United States, for example, it may be wise to ship exclusively within the states before expanding anywhere else.