I emailed a contact at the State of TN and asked a few questions to find out what all a TN seng digger would have to do to sell out of State. Below are cuts from the email between me and David Lincicome with the State.
TNhunter - I see on the website that to sell ginseng out of state you must have a ginseng dealers license (currently cost 250.00 annually) and that the ginseng would have to be certified.
David Lincicome - Yes, if you plan to export ginseng out of the state and/or you buy ginseng to sell to another person in-state then you need a dealer license.
TNhunter - Can you tell me about that certification process please ?
David Lincicome - Ginseng that has been harvested within Tennessee can be taken to one of our State Parks and a Park Ranger will conduct the certification (type of ginseng and weight) and complete an Export Certificate form. Once the form is complete the ginseng can then be exported outside of Tennessee. Without this form Tennessee ginseng can not leave the state. Also during the certification a one pound sample of the ginseng is counted to determine the number of roots per pound. You must have a dealer license to obtain an export certificate.
TNhunter - What does the certification cost ?
David Lincicome - There is no cost for the certification.
TNhunter - he gave me a couple of example State Parks where park rangers could certify as David Crocket Park and Mousetail Landing and I am sure there are many more out there.
Below is the contact if you have more questions.
Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation
Bureau of Parks
Resource Management Division
Natural and Cultural Heritage Section
401 Church St., 7th Floor L&C Annex
Nashville, TN 37243-0447
Phone: (615) 532-0439
Fax: (615) 532-3019