Exiting The United States with Sport Firearms
|Citizens of the United States traveling abroad to hunt or participate in sport shooting events must declare the firearms they are taking to US Customs and Border Patrol. Simply fill out Customs Form 4457, listing each firearm you are taking. Indicate the make and model and serial number. Take extra care to ensure the serial numbers are exactly correct.
Have the form signed and stamped by a Customs agent before you exit the United States. You can do this at your local Customs office or at the international airport from where you are departing. If you do this the day of travel, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get the form signed before you check in for your flight. You can get a listing of Customs offices on their website at www.cbp.gov.
Your Customs 4457 Form also serves as proof of ownership and as a firearm "license" from the United States when you travel abroad. Many countries require this before they will allow you the temporary importation of your firearm.
When you return to the United States you will need to present your 4457 Form to Customs. This form proves you took those firearms with you from the US and did not purchase them abroad.