the letter I received in response to my inquiry about actions Canada
is taking regarding the current situation of exporting hemp products
to the US... I hope it useful for others.
Jodi Koberinski, Echo Oils Inc.
From: Ross, Pamela: SEN <ROSSP@SEN.PARL.GC.CA>
Date: Friday, February 04, 2000 12:19 PM
Subject: Hemp Shipments to the US -
Dear Ms. Koberinski,
Thank you for your email of January 27th, 2000.
We are aware of the uncertainties faced at the border by Canadian exporters of industrial hemp supplying their US customers. Officials of DFAIT and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada met with American authorities in Washington on February 2nd to seek a solution.
Since the January 5th suspension of US Customs guidelines, no shipments of hemp products have been stopped at the border, to the best of our knowledge. It is important that proposed shipments declare their industrial hemp derivation, and declare that the shipment has been tested and does not contain any amounts of THC.
A variation of the declaration, stating that the shipment has been tested and contains 0.00% THC has been acceptable to US Customs to date. We recognize the importance of resolving this situation in advance of preparations for the 2000 crop year. American authorities are aware of our views.
Senator Nick w. Taylor