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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Central KY

    Importing a rifle

    Considering purchasing a rifle from an individual in the United Kingdom. Does anyone know what the process is to get a gun into the USA? Any information would be appreciated.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    roanoke, Va.

    importing a gun

    Yep, you can do it. It ain't easy though, and where it comes in makes a huge difference ! I live in Va. and had a shotgun brought in to Richmond. Fine people to deal with. Next time they sent one to Dulles in D.C. and it was a pluperfect pain ! It's been a while ago since I did it and things do change. I think I went through the ATFE for forms and help. Forms are only good for 12 months. You may need an importer and even a broker. I didn't need any one at Richmond and everyone at Dulles ! But, you are allowed to do it on occasion for personal use. You will at the least have to pay import fees at customs and that rate varies. Not bad. If you have to get others in on it; expect a lot more $$ cost. It really matters where it comes in. A small , gun friendly airport/customs is preferred ! Hope that's some help.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    The duty rate for rifles valued over $50 is 3.1% of the value. That would be the invoice price less any trans. cost. If a scope is attached, an additional 13% of the value of the scope. Beware of shipping thru NY, JFK. Too many horror stories of Customs brokers/freight forwarders charging handling and fees for dealing with Customs that are sometimes more than the value of the article.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2008

    Exclamation Get a good broker


    You may want to look in your local yellow pages or on line for a broker familiar with the needed processes and compliance requirements. You might try Expeditors International or DHL Customs Compliance for a start.

    Important for the seller to comply with their country's export laws and accept responsibility for doing that. Potentially a bunch of stuff involved, also need to designate who is pay freight, insurance, duties, license fees, etc. Usually covered by stuff call INCOTERMS (broker can fill you in).

    A good one will help you decide what port of entry to use to minimise grief, like previous persons have comment, not NYC or DC. One issue is some of the smaller ports have more time on their hands, so more time to scrutinize things.

    Real horror story, broker goofed on a bill of lading (ocean number) on customs entry documents. Customs automatically slapped a $100K fine on the importer, becomes your job to clear with customs. And they can take their sweet time in working with you to get the fine YOU own cleared up. A good broker will take care of this, but it is your responsibility in the end.

    Responsibility is with the importer of record, which would be you.

    Be certain to get an awareness of all the duties, freight and brokerage costs in advance from whoever you are working with, and make certain they are familiar with requirements of importing firearms.

    Not trying to scare you off on doing this, just want to create an awareness of what may be involved. Good forwarder/broker will make this easy.

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