I am a German citizen and am going to have a 6-months internship in the US on a J-1 visa. I would like to take my personal computer rig with me, it consists of my MacBook Pro, two monitors and a few miscellaneous items, totalling around 5000-6000€.
I have the options of shipping them with e.g. FedEx or taking them with me on the plane in a second suitcase or submitting them as special baggage.
What do I have to be aware of with these two different approaches? Do I have to pay an import tax?
In addition, what do I have to aware of when returning home with these items?