Transporting Hemp

I.O.E. Hemp Transport.

As the production of hemp continues to expand in the U.S., so does the need to transport. I.O.E.  Hemp Transport combines more than two decades of over the road and in-state transportation with expertise and experience in hemp and hemp-derived products. It is our genuine appreciation for the hemp industry that drives our transport solutions and philosophy.

  • We are family-owned and operated. The Hemp Transport bridges two generations and areas of expertise in our family – transportation and hemp.

  • We are a direct operator. This translates to a better overall experience for our partners.

  • We are dedicated to being an integral part of your success, because your success is our success.

  • We are committed to the infusion of hemp and hemp-derived products throughout the US. Getting your investment to where it needs to go is how we do that.

Transporting Hemp.

While the 2019 final interim rule – supporting the 2018 Farm Bill – issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – legalizes interstate transportation of hemp without interference from states, complexities due to varied state laws and readiness remain. The truth is no transport company can promise no interference. However, preparation and experience can be the difference between a few questions and fraught confiscation.

To transport hemp and hemp-derived products, compliance, knowing state law and planning routes to avoid states of concern, such as Idaho, and sticking to roads through states that have an industrial hemp program are part of our transport process. We go the extra mile – pun intended – to prepare for the unknown. In addition, adopting processes like having two drivers – when appropriate – that allows for continuous travel, avoiding overnights stops for DOT-required rest breaks.

Power of Paperwork.

Your product must have a COA (certificate of analysis) completed by a USA approved sampling agent or a federal, state or local law enforcement agent authorized by USDA to collect samples. This test must confirm that the hemp does not exceed the 0.3% level of THC.

The COA must include the lab preforming the test, cannabinoid profile, 3rd party lab, heavy metal analysis and pesticide analysis.

In the event a driver gets pulled over with your product, law enforcement will be provided the necessary documentation which includes all of the COA’s, registrations of participating shipping parties and a bill of lading showing the weight and lot numbers of the shipment, along with 24/7 customer support to aid drivers and involved parties.

Protecting Your Investment.

What most hemp logistic companies will not tell you – but we will – is that even with legal protections, as well as a stringent commitment to state and federal regulatory and operational compliance, there is still widespread confusion when it comes to hemp. Do not make logistics an afterthought.

It is imperative that the logistics company you select understands and prepares for the unexpected. Our approach begins with 24/7 real-time customer service, in addition to insurance that protects your investment while in our care and best in class technology and customer portal that allows you to track and trace every mile – from door-to-door.

Complexity of Transporting Hemp.

Transporting hemp or hemp-derived products remains a bit complex, even with the federal ruling. Transporting it across state lines is even trickier, walking a fine line between state-legal and federally illegal. The Farm Bill of 2018 was written to help define a legal gray area, and establish rules and regulations for hemp producers, and ease the cultivation and distribution of industrial hemp, even between states.

The way the Farm Bill was written, all states must allow the transportation of industrial hemp across state lines, so long as it was cultivated and produced in accordance with the federal law. Section 10113 of the Farm Bill stipulates that the US Department of Agriculture must provide regulations and approve states for hemp production, cultivation, and subsequently, transportation. However, the regulations have not been outlined yet, no states have been approved. Hemp currently being produced still exists under the 2014 Farm Bill, a very similar piece of legislation, minus a few crucial details, including transportation.

Bright Spots.  


Most all states consider industrial hemp and hemp-derived products to be legal. Even in stricter states like Idaho and Oklahoma, hemp products are legally sold in stores (as long as they comply with THC guidelines). With an assortment of state regulations that vary from one jurisdiction to the next, an intentional approach to ensure compliance is at the core of what we do. We go the extra mile to protect your investment.

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