I am traveling to Jamaica for my honeymoon on Monday of next week. This article says that visitors to Jamaica may need to pay duty tax on certain items, and to follow these steps to avoid doing so:
STEP 1 - Register high-priced items like laptops, cameras or watches with the Customs and Border Patrol division of Homeland Security (cbp.gov). Visit the nearest CBP office and ask for Form 4457, the "Certificate of Registration for Personal Effects Taken Abroad." This certificate will exempt you from paying duty on an item with a unique serial number when you enter Jamaica.
STEP 4 -q Show your Certificate of Registration when you declare your camera, laptop or other expensive, registered items., and that to avoid this a free form can be filed with US Customs and Border Patrol proving ownership of items upon arrival in Jamaica.
I believe the form being referenced is this form but the form in the link says it is expired as of 2/29/2016.
Of course, this conflicts with other sources I have read (mostly anecdotal) that have said that no one is normally checked or taxed for these types of items, so I don't know what to think or if I need to prepare.
This information I found on the Jamaican Customs FAQ:
Q) Is it customary to charge duty on my personal items e.g. cameras and cellular phones, which I take with me on my trips abroad?
A) Customs can charge duty on these items if they exceed your duty free allowance, and there is no proof that these items were in your possession on your outbound journey. One way of providing this proof is by declaring these items to Customs Duty office at the airport proir to departure of your flight.
But this FAQ answer is clearly referring to Jamaican citizens traveling abroad, not visitors traveling to Jamaica.
To sum up, might I have to pay duty taxes on my laptop and/or camera, and how can I avoid paying these duty taxes on my personal items when traveling between Jamaica and the United States? Anecdotal experience is acceptable as long as it can be backed up by specific experiences in dealing with Jamaican Customs.