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Friday Firearm Tip!

Persons departing the U.S. for international destinations must have proof of ownership for firearms (or other valuables). Otherwise, you may have to pay duty on the item each time you bring it back into the U.S., unless you can prove that you owned it before you left on your trip. Documents that fully describe the item—such as sales receipts—are acceptable forms of proof.
To make things easier, you can register certain items with CBP before you depart — specifically firearms — as long as they have serial numbers or other unique, permanent markings. Take the items to the nearest CBP office and request a Certificate of Registration for Personal Effects Taken Abroad (CBP Form 4457). It shows that you had the items with you before leaving the United States and all items listed on it will be allowed duty-free entry. CBP officers must see the item you are registering in order to certify the certificate of registration. This is a lifetime form for the owner listed so keep the certificate for future trips. You can quickly search online to find a CBP office near you.
Note that the Form 4457 is not only requested upon re-entry into the U.S. but many countries are also requesting to see this as proof of ownership for your firearms. In addition, South Africa requires your 4457 to be signed by a CBP officer the same year you travel, even though this is a lifetime form.
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2 weeks ago

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For those interested in more space but can’t or don’t want to spend money for business class flights… Delta is now offering premium economy seats called Premium Select. This is a dedicated cabin between business and economy with increased recline, width, and legroom as well as priority boarding. While we have seen premium economy on many other carriers this will be the first offered on a non-stop from the US to Johannesburg beginning November 2019. Other markets operating currently or soon-to-operate include Argentina, Australia, Europe and Asia. So far we’ve seen prices that are comparable with Comfort Plus, so we expect many clients will take advantage of it! Premium Select seats are limited and our prices are competitive, so contact us for a quote today! ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

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OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg), is now enforcing new checked bag rules which state that bags must follow the following criteria in order to be checked in:

Bags must be regular-shaped with at least one flat surface. In addition bags with long straps or handles will not be allowed.

But don't worry - you don't need to buy all new luggage. There are baggage wrapping stations at the airport which will (for a fee) wrap your bags according to these new rules. Or save yourself a few bucks and some time, and get them ready at home.
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2 months ago

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Firearm Friday Tip!

Did you know Namibia firearm permits can be submitted in advance, and speed up the process on arrival?
Submit your POL 573 (Application for Import/ Export), passport, invite letter, and 4457 in advance to Namibia Police by email, and your details are screened in advance and approved on arrival.
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