Half a Ton of Low-THC Flowers Shipped to Switzerland

Industry News - Transport

Uruguayan hemp producer, CPLANT, successfully exported the country’s first major commercial shipment of low-THC hemp flowers to Switzerland through Germany. 

On July 17, a 442kg shipment of low-THC flowers (averaging $185 per kg) was sent to Switzerland, according to the official customs data. Sergio Vazquez, head of Uruguay’s Technical Advisory Department for the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture, and Fisheries verified on his Twitter profile that the shipments have reached Switzerland. 

Keep in mind, though, that the news of the shipment came just two months following the export of nearly 1.5 metric tons of medical marijuana to Portugal.

Lucas Crivilone, CEO and co-founder of CPLANT, claims that the country’s embassies in both Germany and Switzerland spoke with the narcotics regulators, as well as the customs, to make sure that the shipments were properly facilitated. 

Also, despite Germany not allowing industrial hemp that exceeds the THC threshold of 0.2%, the shipment was not seized upon being sent to Switzerland, where the said threshold is a whopping 1%.

It was also confirmed that, on July 22, CPLANT shipped an additional 82kg of hemp flowers with a registered value of $240 per kilogram — or $19,660 in total.

Crivilone claims that CPLANT is looking to sell a monstrous amount of flowers in 2020 — 14 tons to be exact. Small producers from South American will provide 4 tons, whereas 10 tons will come from its own private production. According to Crivilone, CPLANT has the infrastructure to process the necessary materials, dry the products, and eventually pack them, all the while helping small South American producers.

Overall, CPLANT is planning to ship about 1–2 tons weekly, according to Crivilone. Nevertheless, Crivilone did not disclose the shipments’ buyers. However, what he did say was that the company has more than 10 buyers who are looking to utilize the flowers for industrial use and smoking.

According to the CEO of CPLANT, their prices are lower than those of both the US and Europe. He also added that they have a massive portfolio all across Europe and that they are expecting to witness an increased demand for their products.

The South American country of Uruguay was one of the first countries to legalize recreational cannabis some five years ago. However, the trading of hemp is still weak.