Export of Hemp Commodities

By January 14, 2019 November 12th, 2021 Industry News

On January 11, 2019, the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) issued a memorandum concerning the export of hemp commodities from Colorado Hemp Registrants to other states and international countries.

January 11, 2019

TO: All potential exporters of hemp seed, grain, and live plant parts
FROM: Laura Pottorff, CDA Phytosanitary (Export) Program Manager
RE: Export of hemp commodities

The Colorado Department of Agriculture assists producers in exporting plant products
via our Phytosanitary program. This program supports and facilitates the export of
plants between states and internationally by meeting receiving state/country pest
and disease freedom certification requirements. This is a USDA APHIS PPQ and
National Plant Board sanctioned program.

With the adoption of the 2018 Farm Bill, the Colorado Department of Agriculture
nursery, seed, plant inspection and phytosanitary certification programs may be
needed for your future business endeavors. This letter is provided as an educational
and communication tool so that you may plan for future needs.

Nationally and internationally all propagative plant material and seed that is moving
between states and countries must be inspected and certified for pest and disease
freedom. Propagative material must meet national and international plant
cleanliness standards. CDA and other state departments of agriculture are the only
recognized certification authorities able to provide certification to meet these

The following laws and export policies are in place for sale and distribution of seed
and live plants:


REQUIRED, registration in a state sanctioned hemp regulatory program. For Colorado
please see https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/agplants/industrial-hemp


Seed seller/labeler registration- REQUIRED –

All companies that sell seed in Colorado are required to hold a seed labeler or seed
dealer registration with the Colorado Department of Agriculture per the Colorado
Seed Act (Title 35 Article 27). Please contact Brian Allen (303-869-9071) if you sell
seed within the State and are not currently registered, or visit the seed program web
page for applications https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/agplants/seed

All seed that is distributed domestically MUST be labeled. Labeling requirements may
be found on the Seed Program web page
https: / /www.colorado.gov /pacific /agplants/seed

Inspection and certification of pest, disease and weed seed freedom – REQUIRED

When exporting seed to other states and/or countries inspection of seed in storage
and/or in the field (mother plants) is required by the importing entity. Inspections
are offered and completed by CDA at the request of the receiving state or country to
certify that the seed does not harbor insects, diseases or weed seeds contaminants.


Nursery registration REQUIRED (if exporting)

Nursery registrations are now required per the Nursery Act (Title 35 Article 26) when
CDA inspects and issues certificates of inspection or phytosanitary certificates as
required by national or international plant cleanliness standards and plant
pest/disease quarantines.

Please see the nursery web page https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/agplants/nursery
for more information or contact Brian Allen with questions (303-869-9071).

Inspection and certification of pest, weed and disease freedom – REQUIRED

When exporting live plant products, there are many, many high risk pests and
pathogens that may accompany plant material originating in one location to another
location. This is why export of this type of plant material is highly regulated. CDA
will conduct inspections of plant material at the time of shipment or will provide
inspections of plants in the field or greenhouse on a monthly basis dependent upon

The type of inspection CDA will perform and the pests/diseases CDA will need to
certify freedom of are all dependent upon the receiving destination country or state’s
requirements. Often, time is required for CDA to research the requirements to be
met and to discuss criteria of plant entry with the receiving state or country. Please
allow time for this type of research to be performed when contacting CDA to request
inspection services. Cheryl Smith is our Export Specialist, please contact her with

specific questions at 303-869-9073. Information is also located on our Phytosanitary
web page https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/agglants/plant-exports
In summary, any propagative or live plant material that is distributed across state or
international borders must meet national and international standards, including
pest/disease quarantine restrictions. CDA provides the inspection and certification
services needed to meet these standards and restrictions. Inspection services are
offered monthly for high volume exporters (monthly inspection covers all shipments
for a 30 day period) or we will provide a shipping point inspection (one inspection per
shipment) for low volume exporters. CDA also provides Japanese beetle and European
corn borer quarantine certification for all plant material exported to the western U.S.
and Canada. Registration of your business may also be required when selling or
distributing live plant material and seed. Additional fees apply for inspections and for
phytosanitary certificates.