We advise that all International travelers fill out a Customs Declaration Form 4457 to avoid a potential costly hassle.
Here at Outdoors International it is not only our duty to help our clients find the best hunts around the world, but also help them with them solve problems with International travel before they happen. That is why we suggest filling out Form 4457.
There is a new focus on an old law that US travelers, and especially hunters need to be aware of. We all take expensive items with us on our trips (camera, guns, binos, computers, etc) but when you are coming back into the States a customs officer can ask you where you bought them and if you can’t prove that you bought them from the States before you left you may get hit with a large duty to re-enter your items into the country.
Form 4457 can be easily filled out and taken to any U.S. Customs and Border Protection office. You must physically take your items (make sure they have some form or identifying number or serial number) to the office and the agent will inspect them. He will stamp your form 4457 and all is good. It usually takes less than five minutes. You can have more than one form 4457. Every International airport has an office located within or close by and sometimes you have to make an appointment.
Here is a link to their site.