Context: I have been living in Japan for about 26 years. I will be moving to a guest house in the US to look for a permanent residence as an US citizen. I will be entering through an airport with hand luggages only (no separate shipments).
I'd like to get through the customs with minimum hassle.
According to an article on cbp.gov, I may enter as a non-resident.
If you have lived abroad for more than three years, you may enter as a nonresident.
When moving to the US, a complete inventory is required:
When completing the Customs and Border Protection Form (CBP Form) 6059B,[..] for accompanying goods [..] the statement that the goods are "household effects" is not enough information. The complete inventory of imported goods will be treated as the packing list and must be provided to CBP upon request.
Reading into the last quote, the correct way seems to be:
- List "household effects" and "personal effects" on the back of the CBP form.
- Be prepared to show a complete inventory of the things I will be carrying with me.
So what should I include in the complete inventory? There must be a cut-off line between the very broad "my things" and the very specific "a spare set of bolts for the dog crate", and also between the obvious/essential/non-dutiable "sanitary goods" and the non-obvious/non-essential/potentially-dutiable "MacBook Pro 13-inch".
Just for example's sake, currently I have listed:
Pet food (salmon based, packed in Canada)
Should I write down every bits of articles such as sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, toothbrush, purse, comb, batteries, bike lights, backpack, plastic bags and so on?