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Registering Computers, Cameras, and Other Electronics with Customs

If you're planning on doing some international travel, you may have to register your electronic equipment with Customs after you arrive. Registering computers and cameras may save you a hassle with Customs later.

  • Find out whether the country you’re visiting requires you to register your electronic equipment.

    Some countries may require that you register the serial numbers of your camera, video camera, and/or computer. Come to think of it, you also benefit from having that registration paper and knowing what you brought with you into the country.

  • Don’t be offended by having to register your stuff.

    The idea behind registration is that the Customs people don’t want you to sell, give away, or leave your dutiable objects in the country you’re visiting. For obvious reasons, they don’t want their citizens to access goods that have no duty paid on them.

  • Take your equipment with you when you leave.

    Generally, you (and only you) have to take the registered objects out with you when you leave the country. At that time, you have to show the registration documents that you got when you arrived. This is also good — you do want to keep your goodies, don’t you?

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