Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/08/07

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Subject: Re: [Leica] U.S. Customs
From: "William Ferris" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2000 20:25:50 -0400
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In the early 70's, I registered my camera gear, but have not done it since
that time.  Camera equipment is cheapest in the US so customs agents don't
care about that equipment.  I have travelled in most parts of the world
since then and have entered thru LA, SF, Seattle, NY, Dallas and Miami and
have NEVER been asked about the cameras.

I regularly go to Toronto and always carry a camera and have never been
asked about it (them) even in Toronto (where I hear Leicas are cheaper!!).

Peace of mind may call for registering your gear.  After all, I am putting
hurricane shutters on my house and hoping I never have to use them!!

- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Nathan Wajsman" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, August 07, 2000 5:45 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] U.S. Customs

> 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,
> when I lived there and since moving to Europe; mostly via JFK or Newark
> also Orlando on one occasion. None of the customs officers ever expressed
> interest in anything beyond getting the white form you fill out on the
> Nathan
> "Richard E. Baznik" wrote:
> > Never have, though I take steps to minimize the possiblity. Before
> > 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
> e-mail:
> General photo site:
> Belgium photo site:
> Motorcycle site:

In reply to: Message from "Richard E. Baznik" <> (Re: [Leica] U.S. Customs)
Message from Nathan Wajsman <> (Re: [Leica] U.S. Customs)