CBP Issues Guidance on Imports of Biological Materials

Posted by Kelsay Calvaruso on 2/24/23 5:00 PM

On February 13, 2023, in Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) #55083113, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued guidance on shipments of biological materials. According to the CSMS, CBP “estimates that a large volume of shipments containing biological materials are imported with missing, conflicting, or improper documentation and packaging.” Biological materials include microorganisms, materials derived from a living source, clinical materials, and biological toxins. CBP’s guidance addresses documentation, labeling, and packaging requirements.

CSMS #55083113 can be found here:


Topics: CBP, Guidance

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