By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor
Subscribers have emailed recently with concerns regarding flying with ammunition. The first is S. Mauney, who brought our attention to a little noticed US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) regulation.
Mauney writes, "Before leaving for a Romania hunt, I went to the CBP Web page listed in The Hunting Report's
Sept. article on Form 4457 [see Article 4129
], and I found an interesting paragraph I haven't seen publicized. It reads, 'Please note, if you are taking ammunition, and there is a possibility you will not use it all and would like to reimport it, your 4457 should reflect the kind of ammunition you are departing with.
"I did not list my caliber of ammunition on my 4457 and was never aware of this aspect of taking ammo abroad."
The language on CBP's website is nothing new and has been in place since at least 2015. No regulation in the Federal Register specifically states that ammo must be declared on Form 4457 for reimportation. However, because US citizens must obtain a permit from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to import "firearms, ammunition, or implements of war" into the US, hunters must show that they were already in possession of the ammo and that it is not being imported from abroad. Listing ammunition on Form 4457 fulfills this requirement....