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Your Essential Checklist for Bringing Household Belongings to the USA

Before you pack your bags, it’s crucial to complete two key forms: the US Customs FORM 6059B Customs Declaration for accompanying goods and the US Customs FORM 3299 Declaration For Free Entry of Unaccompanied Articles. These forms lay the foundation for a smooth entry process for your household items.

What Household Items Can You Bring?

Various household effects, including furniture, carpets, artwork, books, and typical furnishings, are eligible for import. To qualify, these items should have been used abroad for at least a year and are intended solely for your personal use, not for sale or any other person.

Timing Your Move to the USA

Plan your move strategically. You can import your personal and household effects over time, but to benefit from duty-free import, ensure that no more than 10 years have passed since your last arrival from the country where the goods were used.

Understanding Personal Effects

Personal effects, such as clothing, jewelry, and photographic equipment, undergo inspection upon entry and differ from household effects. Clarify the distinction to facilitate a smoother customs process.

For Canadian ‘Snowbirds’: Important Considerations

If you’re a Canadian spending part of the year in the US, submit a CBP Form 3299 to import unaccompanied household goods. When traveling with your belongings, prepare a manifest of items in your vehicle for the CBP officer’s review.

Deciphering CBP FORM 6059B and FORM 3299

The CBP FORM 6059B is a crucial declaration for all arriving travelers, while the CBP FORM 3299 is indispensable for those seeking free entry of personal belongings. Understand the nuances of these forms to streamline your customs experience.


By adhering to this comprehensive guide, you’ll be well-equipped to navigate the intricacies of bringing your household belongings to the USA. Ensure a hassle-free move with the right information and meticulous preparation.

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