Though the history of hemp production is long, the modern industry dates back only nine years, but in this short time China has become the largest producer of hemp fiber in the world growing nearly half the world’s supply. While two provinces have implemented regulations that allow production for Cannabidiol (CBD) under strict control in recent years, CBD production remains illegal in the rest of the country. While there is considerable market potential for U.S. exporters, significant regulatory challenges first need to be addressed.

China: 2019 Hemp Annual Report