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— Written By Tom Melton

USDA Statement: The passing of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill, Section 10113) removed hemp and hemp seeds from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) schedule of Controlled Substances. This action removed hemp and hemp seeds from DEA authority for items containing THC levels not higher than .three %. Thus, DEA no longer has authority to need hemp seed permits for import purposes.

U.S. producers and hemp seed exporters have requested help from USDA to supply an avenue for hemp seed exports to the United States. The U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) regulates the importation of all seeds for planting to assure secure agricultural trade. Beneath this authority, USDA is offering an option way for the secure importation of hemp seeds into the United States.

Importation of Hemp Seed from Canada

Hemp seeds can be imported into the United States from Canada if accompanied by either: 1) a phytosanitary certification from Canada’s national plant protection organization to confirm the origin of the seed and confirm that no plant pests are detected or two) a Federal Seed Evaluation Certificate (SAC, PPQ Type 925) for hemp seeds grown in Canada.

Importation of Hemp Seed from Nations other than Canada

Hemp seeds may possibly be imported into the United States from nations other than Canada if accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate from the exporting country’s national plant protection organization to confirm the origin of the seed and confirm that no plant pests are detected.

Hemp seed shipments may possibly be inspected upon arrival at the initially port of entry by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to assure USDA regulations are met, which includes certification and freedom from plant pests.

Concerns or requests for facts with regards to hemp can be sent to farmbill.hemp@usda.gov.



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