Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/04/19

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Subject: Re: [Leica] U.S. custom laws
From: "John R. Fulton Jr." <>
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2002 06:44:41 -0500
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Hi Henry--
My experience has been this.....
They don't care about camera equipment if it looks used.
If all your stuff is A-1-mint/out of box then a visit to customs 
would be worthwhile.  In addition you said you were traveling 
extensively so that, too, would factor in.
Customs has a form that you fill out yourself while in the Customs 
office. You write down the equipment and serial number.
Then the agent checks the list against the equipment, signs and seals 
the paper and gives it back to you. That's all there is to it. It's 
quick, but I'd recommend doing it ahead of time. That would give you 
a chance to make a couple of copies of it to leave at home. You might 
also want to pack a copy with you in addition to the original. While 
abroad it might (?) be helpful to have that list with you as proof of 
I've never had to show the list anywhere, ever.
I don't have anything that looks new so it's never been much of an 
issue anyway.
I hope this is helpful.
John Fulton
Fort Worth

>I'm taking an extensive trip and is considering
>bringing all my Leica gears with me. The outfit
>consists of 4 bodies (1 R4, 1 R6.3, 2 M6s) and 9 lens.
>I might not use all these equipments, but would like
>to bring them along in case I need the odd lens or
>body in certain locations.
>While I never have problems taking a couple of lens
>and 1 M body in the past upon re-entry to U.S., but
>the bulk of these equipment might give the U.S. custom
>reasonable doubt that I purchased these equipment
>overseas and impose duties on me upon re-entry. Have
>any of you guys/gals declare your Leica goods before
>exiting U.S. ? And if so, where and how do I go about
>listing these equipment ? I'll be flying out of LAX
>from Los Angeles.
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