Please take a minute to look at the Import document provided by the Government of Canada, below. This is only provided for educational purposes, please refer to the Government of Canada’s website for official documentation.

This standard document is what is required in order to import each order of Industrial Hemp being brought into Canada. You must ensure that you are operating within the confines of the Laws of Canada, and be aware of the limitations of what products are permissible to import to the country.

This document is valid as of 01/03/21 – March 1st, 2021.

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Should you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out the Health Canada’s Industrial Hemp Unit, the contact information is available under the ‘Government Contact page. You can also refer to the Industrial Hemp Regulations available in the ‘Regulations‘ section.

Fortunately, the Canadian Bar Association has outlined 11 important points when Importing Industrial Hemp or related products, please browse them below at your convenience.

  1. Individuals cannot import industrial hemp into Canada. There is no provision in regulations or under the Section 56 Class exemption to allow an individual to import/export industrial hemp. This means that only commercial importers may import industrial hemp.

  2. Don’t provide incorrect or false information on applications or any documents filed with the Government of Canada. If information is determined to be false, the import shipment may be seized and destroyed.

  3. The CBSA may detain a shipment in order to verify whether a specific restriction or prohibition immediately applies and to check whether any related obligation (permit, etc.) has been complied with. The CBSA may seek advice from Health Canada.

  4. Importers must have a Health Canada licence. If you do not have a licence, you will not be permitted to act as the importer of record. The import shipment may be seized and destroyed if the importer does not have a valid licence.

  5. No holder of an industrial hemp licence may import industrial hemp without a valid specific import permit. Specific import permits are only valid for one shipment of industrial hemp and the amount of the shipment may not exceed the amount specified on the permit. Industrial hemp may only be imported into Canada at the port of entry specified in the import permit and must be delivered to the place specified on the permit. The import shipment may be seized and destroyed if the importer does not have a valid specific import permit.

  6. Legal seed importers have to register with the CFIA and comply with CFIA rules and policies. Only licensed growers can import industrial hemp seeds into Canada. A valid specific import permit is required to import seeds. All seeds must be cleaned prior to importation (free of soil peds, plant debris and related matter) and accompanied by a Phytosanitary Certificate.

  7. Importers of certain derivative products must have licences. For example, industrial hemp health products and cosmetics will require a Health Canada approval. What type of licence depends upon the nature of the product.

  8. Import shipments of industrial hemp derivative products must be accompanied by a certificate of analysis from a competent laboratory in the country of origin of the derivative or product stating that the derivative or product contains a concentration of 10µg/g THC or less.

  9. Use the correct H.S. tariff classification for the goods you are importing. The H.S. Code may depend on the chemical composition of the goods being imported. The goods may be seized based on a technicality if you are not using the correct H.S. tariff classification number.

  10. It is important to know and comply with any labelling requirements.

  11. It is recommended that the importer of industrial hemp and derivative products seek legal advice when completing licences and other documentation because incorrect information may result in the loss of import privileges (see 2 above).