Instructions for Sending Cargo to Greenland via ANG


A Certificate of Registration (form CBP-4455) is required when shipping your cargo to Greenland via the 109th Air National Guard.

  1. Go to the US Customs & Border Protection website
  2. From the “FORMS” page, select “CBP form 4455”
  3. Complete CBP-4455.


The CBP-4455 Certificate MUST be signed by a customs agent to be valid.

A customs agent will inspect the contents of a shipment and check the corresponding packing list for accuracy. Cargo traveling to Greenland via the Air National Guard can be inspected in 1 of 2 ways:

OPTION 1: Cargo Inspected at 109th ANG Base

  • Cargo MUST arrive at least two weeks prior to your scheduled ANG flight.
  • Send 3 copies of completed and signed Certificates of Registration and corresponding packing lists to:

Dino Guthrie/CH2M HILL Polar Services
Stratton Air Base
1 Air National Guard Rd., Bldg 20
Scotia, NY 12302
cell: 518-364-6975 or office: 518-344-2635

  • Pick up your approved CBP-4455 from Earl Vaughn when transiting through NY.If not flying with the ANG, make arrangements for Earl to send a copy of the approved forms. Approved CBP-4455 forms will be needed when cargo is returned to the US.

****A signed/stamped Certificate of Registration, CBP-4455 is valid for one year.

OPTION 2: Cargo Inspected at local Customs and Border Patrol Office

  • Cargo is inspected BEFORE shipment to Scotia, NY
  • Schedule an appointment with your local Customs and Border Protection Office (airports, harbors) to have them inspect and certify cargo for shipment to Greenland.
  • Prepare CBP-4455 and packing list as noted in Step 1.
  • Following the inspection, the CBP officer will sign the CBP-4455 form and stamp ALL copies of registration and packing lists.
  • CBP will retain a copy for their records.
  • Include one copy of signed/stamped CBP-4455 and packing list with your crgo shipment to NY.
  • Send 2 copies to Earl Vaughn, CPS Scotia NY
  • Retain a copy for your records. Approved CBP-4455 forms will be needed when cargo is returned to the US.

****A signed/stamped Certificate of Registration, CBP-4455 is valid for one year.

Returning Cargo to the US from Greenland via ANG

Contact your local CPS support office in Kangerlussuaq or at Thule AB with questions regarding customs forms for retro cargo. If not traveling with your cargo, you will need to complete additional customs forms to be compliant.

The export signed/stamped Certificate of Registration, CBP-4455, and packing list provides proof that the cargo originated in the US. A copy of your outbound approved CBP-4455 will be required to bring cargo back into the US via the ANG.

Prohibited and Restricted Items
Some items, including samples, may be prohibited or require a special permit to import into the US.

Review CBP’s website for a list of Prohibited/Restricted items.

Sending Cargo to/from Greenland via Carrier OTHER than 109th ANG

Check with your local Customs and Border Patrol office if cargo will originate or return via a Port of Entry other than the 109th ANG. There may be additional requirements to process your cargo, and your local customs office is the best resource for all non-ANG shipments.

For additional Customs information, refer to the US CBP service online brochure Know Before You Go. Contact CBP directly via their website or telephone at (518) 431-0200.