USPS Hemp Shipping Policies

By June 14, 2019 April 28th, 2020 Regulatory News

On June 6, 2019, the United States Postal Service (USPS) issued Postal Bulletin 22521 updating is position on shipping hemp and CBD products. This new external guidance clarifies the circumstances under which hemp and hemp-based products can be mailed in domestic mail. Here is the language of the new USPS hemp shipping policies:

“Effective June 6, 2019, the Postal Service™ is revising Publication 52, Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail, to add new section 453.37, “Hemp-based Products,” which provides new mailing standards for products derived from cannabis and industrial hemp.”

Key Takeaways:

  • Mailers are responsible for their own compliance with all laws and regulations governing mailability.
  • Mailers will be responsible for retaining documentation which shows that they are complying with all such laws.
  • A mailer is not required to present the documentation at the time of mailing.

    “The mailer retains records establishing compliance with such laws, including laboratory test results, licenses, or compliance reports, for no less than 2 years after the date of mailing.”

The agency said that issues surrounding the mailability of hemp products are likely to be further clarified after the hemp legalization provision of the agriculture law is fully implemented.

“With this revision, the Postal Service intends to provide mailing standards that sufficiently address the current environment with regard to the domestic commercial transportation of cannabis-based products as well as those changes anticipated from the full implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill.”

Read the full bulletin here: