New CBP form 4457 expiring 2020 - Certificate of Registration for Personal Effects Taken Abroad

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Thanks @Hogpatrol

I finally got it to work - and typed in my data and printed for two rifles.

The issue was my version of Adobe Acrobat. I downloaded and installed the current (free) version on my PC and all went smooth...

As a side note - if you have downloaded the 4457 pdf file, tinkered with it - and then saved - you may need to start over with a fresh download.
I save the original as downloaded then my edited 4457s with the file name: mylastname_4457_year . That way the original isn't changed and can be edited and used again. The edited version is sent to the rifle permitting agent.
 

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Always use the latest expiration

2022 and for South Africa it needs to be dated within 6 months of the trip
Where did you read that it must be within 6 months? The rule has been the year of the hunt. Please advise!
 

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Where did you read that it must be within 6 months? The rule has been the year of the hunt. Please advise!

Philip, I was talking to another member on here who had a hunt scheduled for this year 2021 and was working with Henry at Rifle Permits, and that is what he told me when I mentioned that I was thinking of getting my new 4457 this year instead of waiting until next year. He said that he would wait until 2022 to get his new 4457 when his hunt is rescheduled for.

He was going to get the 4457 at our local airport since we have a Customs office there but they are hard to get in to get paperwork done unless you are flying in.

I have seen nothing in writing on it nor have I actually checked into it.
 

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Where did you read that it must be within 6 months? The rule has been the year of the hunt. Please advise!

Philip
I am using Henry with Riflepermits for my trip leaving this month. Henry advised as you stated. 4457 must be dated and signed in year of travel for hunt.
 

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Philip, I was talking to another member on here who had a hunt scheduled for this year 2021 and was working with Henry at Rifle Permits, and that is what he told me when I mentioned that I was thinking of getting my new 4457 this year instead of waiting until next year. He said that he would wait until 2022 to get his new 4457 when his hunt is rescheduled for.

He was going to get the 4457 at our local airport since we have a Customs office there but they are hard to get in to get paperwork done unless you are flying in.

I have seen nothing in writing on it nor have I actually checked into it.
There was a rule change at SAPS a few years ago requiring the 4457 to be stamped and signed in the current year. Before that many of us kept our same 4457, provided we didn’t change rifles, from year to year.
 

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WHAT! We need new 4457 forms? This is the first I've seen this. Our are last years, nothing change.
We op for the 'pre-auth' thru Go 2 Safari Concierge, Monique. And Last friday got the final paper work.
I will check with her to make sure all still good. What 'powers to be' are asking for 4457 done in last 6 months. We are flying United then Ethiopian. SEA-IAD-ADD-JNB
 

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Add on to the above post, if taking QATAR or Airlink, they want typewritten forms, not handwritten ones.
I just flew Qatar three weeks out and returned a week ago and had no problem with my hand written ones. Must be difference in airports, I flew from Seattle to Joberg and back.
 

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IF we got to get new 4457 forms, should I include my cell phone?
1 form for gun with scope. Another stuff, camera, bynokc...
 

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IF we got to get new 4457 forms, should I include my cell phone?
1 form for gun with scope. Another stuff, camera, bynokc...

I always do that, list my rifle with it's scope on one form and then all the rest on another. But my all the rest only includes binoculars, and cameras and not my cell phone.

If it has a serial number it can be listed but they are just for proof that you owned it before leaving the US and returning. Some places higher end camera gear and optics are cheaper and you may have to pay a duty on them if you purchase them out of the country and bring them home.

I don't think that I would worry about a cell phone.
Where did you read that it must be within 6 months? The rule has been the year of the hunt. Please advise!

Phillip, I am going to correct myself. I think that I thought that it needed be withing 6 months just because my friend was planning on going over in June of this year and he said "this year"

Sometimes I confuse even myself.
 

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I always do that, list my rifle with it's scope on one form and then all the rest on another. But my all the rest only includes binoculars, and cameras and not my cell phone.

If it has a serial number it can be listed but they are just for proof that you owned it before leaving the US and returning. Some places higher end camera gear and optics are cheaper and you may have to pay a duty on them if you purchase them out of the country and bring them home.

I don't think that I would worry about a cell phone.


Phillip, I am going to correct myself. I think that I thought that it needed be withing 6 months just because my friend was planning on going over in June of this year and he said "this year"

Sometimes I confuse even myself.
I understand but you nearly gave me heart failure! I've done mine for this year already.....
Its always a good discussion here so we can kick around ideas and help others out. AH has lots of knowledge here unlike FB!
 

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I didn't know I had to do a 4457 for cameras & binoculars. When I went to SA back in 2010, I only had the form for my rifle and scope. Maybe I got lucky and no one asked for the other stuff, or this is a change?
 

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I didn't know I had to do a 4457 for cameras & binoculars. When I went to SA back in 2010, I only had the form for my rifle and scope. Maybe I got lucky and no one asked for the other stuff, or this is a change?

We have never done one for binoculars and cameras
 

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It isn't needed but it is suggested on the CBP site.

You never know when you might that one agent that is fresh on the line that will question them.

One nice thing is that once you get it done on your optics, cameras, and other items you are done dealing with it for those. Unlike your rifle where it seams like every couple of years there are new hoops to jump through.
 

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