November 24, 2016 at 1:18PM

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Do I need an ATA Carnet?

I'm traveling to Portugal for three weeks to shoot a personal senior capstone film for college. I think it will be in a similar vein to Errol Morris's "Vernon, Florida", shot in and around my mother's hometown. My question is, will I need to obtain an ATA Carnet for this personal, non-commercial project? I am borrowing a 5D MkII, tripod, shoulder mount, microphone & recorder, and a couple of lenses from my schools video department. Thank you!

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Very unlikely. Customs agents are typically looking for items that clearly appear to be for commercial resale (shiny new-in-box items that cost several thousand dollars) or which have substantial resale value (probably over $10,000). When I rent $150K+ of lenses and cameras to DPs for an international shoot, then yes, we use an ATA Carnet. I seriously doubt your equipment will raise a red flag, either entering Portugal or returning to the USA.

November 24, 2016 at 7:51PM

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Thank you Michael! This is very helpful -- I should add that I myself am the sole and complete crew, I'll be traveling with my mom, but as far as the production goes its just me. I feel like that, in addition to the fact that this equipment is owed back to the school (with documentation to prove that) would also justify my intentions if customs asked. Thanks again!

November 24, 2016 at 11:22PM

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Robert Picciano
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Just plan a bit more time at the security checks, as they will do the bomb swiping thing a lot, specially in the states. Otherwise you will be fine.

November 27, 2016 at 8:56AM

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