When you’re storing CBD-based products for retail and later consumption, you need a sophisticated warehousing facility with higher standards of cleanliness than the average warehouse. Systems to facilitate inventory management protocols and track product locations in the event of a product recall will also make your operation significantly more efficient. A professional third party logistics provider (3PL) can be an excellent partner in this endeavor: instead of having to find, rent, and staff a facility of suitable size and sophistication for the necessary work, you can simply pay a 3PL company and outsource storage and order fulfillment.
After the Farm Bill of 2014, it is illegal for states and federally recognized tribes to restrict the interstate transport of legally grown hemp. In spite of this advance, shipping concerns are sluggish on the update. Only some national parcel carriers are willing to ship hemp products, including CBD oil. FedEx will not ship CBD at all, nor will it ship hemp oil, hempseed oil, or any plants or parts of plants. The US Postal Service, DHL, and UPS will ship CBD products with a THC concentration of less than 0.3%, so long as shippers are compliant with federal, state, and local laws, including those governing production, processing, distribution, and sales.
Shippers must also be able to show compliance documentation indicating they have complied with said laws for at least two years. DHL requires that any hemp shipments they take be sent in packaging that does not reveal what is inside. Meanwhile UPS will not take shipments of hemp-based products from marijuana vendors, nor will it ship hemp plants. Logistics specialists, like ShipWizard, are able to secure preferential rates on shipping, and our experienced workers will be able to ship your orders out faster. ShipWizard offers full integration with your current ecommerce system, allowing you to sell your ware cost-effectively and efficiently.
Given the mutable regulatory status of CBD products, it is advisable to choose to work with a third party logistics provider that has past experience of storing and shipping them. In particular, if your provider can handle additional services such as product kitting and packaging, it will be easier to adjust product packaging or labeling if required by a new state or federal law, as they can do it for you instead of having to ship it back to you.