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Register gear before going abroad

Proof you did not buy it out of the country


You will probably have no trouble bringing your camera and photography gear into most foreign countries, however it may be another story when you return home, particularly if some of your equipment is foreign-made. You could be charged duty on the equipment if customs officials feel it was purchased abroad.

This Customs form, filled in before leaving home, verifies that you owned your camera before visting another country. Similar registration forms are available from Canada, the USA and all other nations.
This Customs form, filled in before leaving home, verifies that you owned your camera before visting another country. Similar registration forms are available from Canada, the USA and all other nations.

The most effective way of proving that all of the equipment is yours and was not purchased abroad -- outside of bringing sales receipts for every item with you -- is to register it before you leave home.

You can do so at most border crossings, and will be provided with a stamped, dated document (usually a wallet-size card) that will prove you possessed the equipment in your home country before you left.

For some countries, it may be wise to also register your equipment with them upon arrival.