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Subject: Re: [Leica] U.S. Customs
From: Nathan Wajsman <>
Date: Mon, 07 Aug 2000 23:45:02 +0200
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Has any of the LUGgers here ever actually been questioned about the content of
their camera bag when entering the U.S.? I have done so several times, both
when I lived there and since moving to Europe; mostly via JFK or Newark but
also Orlando on one occasion. None of the customs officers ever expressed any
interest in anything beyond getting the white form you fill out on the plane.


"Richard E. Baznik" wrote:

> Never have, though I take steps to minimize the possiblity. Before leaving,
> I make up a list of the gear I'm going to carry, complete with serial
> numbers for all items. I ask Customs to stamp it before I leave (they've
> never actually asked to see the gear before stamping the list, since
> they're not really certifying that the list actually matches my gear --
> though the opportunity to check it is clearly there). This is not a
> guarantee that I won't be grilled on my return, of course, but the
> authority of an official Customs date stamp is considerable within the
> organization.

- --
Nathan Wajsman
Herrliberg (ZH), Switzerland


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