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flak jacket through US customs

I’m heading from my base in Beirut to the States to do an interview in Missouri.
But then I’m heading straight to Dubai and on to Kabul.
So I’ll have to have my flak jacket with me as I go through the States.
Has anybody had problems arriving at US customs from the ME with a flak jacket?

by Sophie McNeill at 2008-08-30 05:06:45 UTC (ed. Aug 30 2008 ) Beirut , Lebanon | Bookmark | | Report spam→

No problems here. Besides, they are not illegal to own in the U.S., Dubai is another story.

by Bill Thomas | 30 Aug 2008 06:08 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
They may be legal to own in the U.S., exept if you have a felony conviction in some states, but I think you’ll find their export is subject to restrictions.
Specifically, exporting Level III and IV armor plates requires a U.S. State Department export permit, and export of the soft armor to a few countries (I don’t know which) may require a Bureau of Industry & Security export license.
Saying all that, this is more a concern for shipping such items, and I am sure many press people have successfully taken them out of the US in luggage.

by Ben Curtis | 30 Aug 2008 14:08 | Baghdad, Iraq | | Report spam→

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