I am going to Kenya and Swaziland to shoot for a humanitarian organization. I am taking my HDX-900. Never been overseas with my rig. What do I need to do for customs, insurance, etc.? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Re: Overseas by john sharaf on Sep 5, 2007 at 3:16:13 pm
Overseas travel with professional video equipment, especially to two or more countries almost always requires acquiring a "CARNET" which is a document which proves the origin of the equipment and demonstrates that it has been re imported to the country of origin. The processing of the Carnet required proof of insurance and often a bond to compel compliance (in lieu of established credit rating such as a D&B). No doubt, getting a Carnet can add cost and complexity to your travel plans, but so can the impounding of the equipment when you attempt to enter or leave a foreign country.
Search "Carnet" on google and you'll find out a lot more. The first specific would be whether the two countries you intend to visit are party to the international agreement. If not, then the alternative is to establish a relationship with a customs broker who is familiar with import and export from the countries concerned.
Even so, I have still had gear impounded for a couple days on 1 out of 2 trips there. If the humanitarian organization is large enough, sometimes they will have contacts that can help you out as well.
Swaziland accepts a carnet, Kenya does not. I have not been to Swaziland, but FWIW, South Africa was no problem. If you choose to travel without a carnet, register your gear with US Customs on form 4455. This will eliminate problems re-entering the US.
Make sure your business insurance will cover your equipment in both of these places.
Also, as these are 50Hz countries, be sure to adjust the camera's shutter to 1/50 second when under artificial light...or else you will get flicker.
McIntosh Productions LLC
I've done carnets overnight but the cost goes up.
as stated by the others it might be best to pile on with
the relief group if you can but, to hedge all of your bets it is also a good idea to have the name of a good customs broker in
your back pocket. The more bases covered the less likely it is that your gear will spend time in customs jail. I've been there and it is not a good feeling to walk out and leave your stuff in a closet and wonder if it will be there tomorrow.
Re: kenya-Need film fixer/same day clearing.? by Tony Rimwah on Sep 20, 2011 at 7:21:38 pm
A fixer / Locations manager based in Kenya and offers spectrum of film services for projects which includes pre-production, research, referencing, location scouting, with a background of having worked as AD, Cast director in varies international and local productions, since the early 90s before moving to Location management
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2011-“Somali Pirates”, My Name Is Cutter Productions-UK
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2009-Following Jesus, F.C Haman
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July 2002-Love Actually,Tell Tale Films
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October 2000- April 2001 –Nowhere In Africa, MTM Cineteve/Caroline
Link/Peter Herrmann /
March 1999-I Dreamed Of Africa, 2nd Unit/Jaffilms-Columbia
1998-Besieged, Navert Film/Bernardo Bertolucci/Massimo Cortesi June/
'TO WALK WITH LIONS' Kingsborough/Carl Schulz/Pieter
2011-CO-OP Bank BIZWISE-TVC
2011-Bamburi Cement TVC
2010-Ariel Talking Heads TVC
2010-NIKE TVC-For Worldcup
Vodacom Tanzania TVC/ Vodacom TVC German, Several Safaricom
NCCK –Voter Education TVC
Mea Fertilizer TVC,KPLC, Nivea Lotion TVC,Venus Hair Oil TVC,Yana Tyres
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CO1 British Army recruitment, Pathfinder Caritas People in Need, Clausthaler
Beer, Amstel IBM Magic Box, Dreyfus Comic Relief- Drop the Debt
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Dreyfus Comic Relief- Drop the Debt
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