In my "preparing for your cruise" booklet from Princess, it mentions that U.S. residents should register cameras, electronics, and expensive jewelry with customs prior to departure, and customs will issue certificates of ownership so that we don't have to pay duty and taxes upon our return. Does anyone know anything about this? We will be bringing a digital camera, a video camera and an older 35 mm SSR camera. Do we need to "register" these items before leaving for AK? (we'll be returning home through Vancouver)
We have done this for years. Is it necessary? Probably not but I know because of this we have never been questioned on anything.
If you want to do this go to the nearest customs office. Bring all the things you want listed, which can include jewelry. The customs office will fill out a form, or have you do it, and verify that everything is listed on the form. This form is good for as long as you own the things listed on the form. When we buy something new we just bring the original sheet back to customs with the new item and they list it and make any necessary corrections. You do not have to bring everything back down again only the customs sheet and the new items.
When we leave a ship or have to show customs papers we already have the form to prove what was ours.
It may not be necessary but it saves us some peace of mind.
Sounds pretty easy to do. If we do register items, what should we register? The only thing I can think of is our cameras, but I want to make sure I'm not missing something. I won't be bringing any valuable jewelry.