Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/07/03

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Int'l price differences
From: "Bill Larsen" <>
Date: Fri, 3 Jul 1998 21:06:28 -0700

Michael Garmisa writes:
|what paperwork? lets say i dont bring the paperwork or lets say send it =
in mail
|or something... not that I would try this to save some cash if any... =
|wondering when i take new equipment I bought in the US how do I prove I =
|it in the US... is that what the passport warantee card is for?
I am sure one of our list attorneys will correct me if I am wrong ;-)

The U.S. Customs Service has extraordinary powers of search and seizure. =
 What U.S. citizens think of as constitutional rights basically do not =
exist when applied to the U.S. Customs Service.  The burden of proof of =
where an item was purchased rests upon the person going through customs.

Typically, if you have items that may be questioned on your return to =
the U.S. it is very wise to fill out a declaration showing what you are =
taking (I can't remember the form number) and the serial numbers.  Least =
this has been my experience.  (The U.S. Customs are the only folks that =
ever dumped everything in my suitcases onto the floor, kicked it around, =
and left me to repack as people walked on the clothing).