A resupply flight is unloaded at Summit Station. Photo by Andrea Isgro.

Unloading a resupply flight at Summit Station. Photo: Andrea Isgro.

Shipping requirements have been updated for those moving cargo via the ANG in 2019. Due to the heightened security and Customs environment, all cargo must comply. Click on this link for more information: 2020 Greenland ANG Shipping Requirements

Five ski-birds are on deck at the Kangerlussuaq. Photo: LtCol Paul D. Bernasconi

Five ski-birds are on deck at the Kangerlussuaq. Photo: LtCol Paul D. Bernasconi

CPS must be notified of all cargo shipments, including commercial air, in order to arrange for the receipt and transportation of cargo to the appropriate location in Greenland.

All US cargo needed during the summer field season must be shipped to the New York Air National Guard 109th Air Wing for delivery to Greenland. Please ship cargo so that it arrives at least two-to-three weeks prior to its departure date. Cargo shipment involves the following steps:

Cargo Tracking System
The Cargo Tracking System (CTS) helps CPS-supported researchers and staff track their cargo from its origin to Greenland and Alaska field sites.

  • Researchers and support staff can generate shipping labels and packing lists for each package being sent.
  • Support staff can check in cargo at designated “waypoints” en-route to the final destination.
  • All participants can view the progress of each piece of cargo through the system.
  • More Info Here: CTS Intro

Use sturdy containers that can be handled multiple times. Ship according to schedule.

US Customs requirements are strictly enforced for all cargo coming into the US via the Air National Guard.  Follow the detailed instructions on the Customs page on the CTS website to register your cargo. For additional Customs information, refer to the US Customs and Border Patrol online brochure, Know Before You Go, and contact the agency directly via the website or via telephone (518) 431-0200.

Hazardous Cargo
Hazardous cargo must be packed and labeled according to Code of Federal Regulations CFR-49, Air Force Joint Manual AFJAM 24-204 and International Air Transport Association IATA Dangerous Cargo Regulations. The appropriate packaging and documentation of these materials is the sole responsibility of the individual shipper. IATA and CFR-49 regulations should be followed for ALL hazardous shipments destined to Scotia, NY. Work closely with your institution’s shipping department.

Retrograde Cargo
All cargo, with the exception of hand-carry baggage, is retrograded from Greenland to the continental United States or Europe when space is available. CH2M HILL Polar Services will arranged return shipments from Scotia, New York to the home university in a timely manner.  All Air Greenland commercial shipments going via Copenhagen can be shipped by CPS; however, the cost of the shipment is the responsibility of the PI. Billing information needs to be provided to CPS staff before the cargo can be shipped.

Personal Baggage
Personal baggage includes all equipment, clothes, and supplies not used for project official business. Cold-weather clothing is personal baggage. Most commercial modes of transportation limit baggage to two pieces per passenger, and bags must weigh no more than 140 pounds total. The New York Air National Guard 109th Air Wing allows 70 lbs. of personal baggage but additional baggage may be flown if identified at least a week prior to the flight.

When flying on Air Greenland from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq or within Greenland, the baggage allowance is 20 kilos (44lbs), but there is no limit on number of pieces.  Please be prepared to pay excess baggage charges if you plan to bring more weight.

Professional Baggage
Professional project-related equipment or tools should be shipped in the science cargo shipment to the New York Air National Guard 109th Air Wing.