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Last Minute Note To Photographers Heading to The Games
August 5, 2008, 12:55 pm
Filed under: Olympics

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I am fortunate enough to be working with an assistant during the Beijing Olympic Games.   He flew out yesterday with some of the gear I had shipped to him so that we could split up what we were bringing and not get killed with excess baggage expenses… here’s the important note to photographers who have not yet made it out there:  the Chinese customs opened every case of gear – and inspected EVERY single piece of gear by hand… luckily enough – we had made sure to go our local Chinese Embassy and get the proper “Equipment Confirmation Letter” stamped (a list of your equipment, value, and serial number (in TRIPLICATE)) – although it took 2 days to get the letter.. it was worth it!

The customs experience for my assistant Andrew in Beijing?  Well it took 2.5 HOURS!!!! (for only two cases of gear mind you – one medium Pelican and one large Pelican roller.)  In the end he got through without a problem… he did mention that the customs agents were “very polite and easy to work with”…  Ugh suddenly my 19 hours of flying just turned into 21.5….

The stamped Equipment Confirmation Letter (which is attached to my equipment list - in triplicate)

The stamped Equipment Confirmation Letter (which is attached to my equipment list - in triplicate)


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Is this just a requirement for China or is such documentation needed for other countries too…like India for example🙂

Comment by Glenn Piper

Good thing you came prepared. I’ve heard some stories of other journalists having their equipment confiscated.

Comment by Quote Catcher Credit Card Processing

Don’t forget that letter on the way out, as well. You may need it as you go through customs in both China and the United States as you return.

Comment by Sam Greenfield

Vincent,
Thanks for the last min. info!
Have a great shoot.
Evan

Comment by Evan

Bummer! I strolled right through customs with nary a look. See you soon!

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