I am the latest to join the hopeless merry-go-round that seems to typify trying to buy a rifle direct from a German dealer
Said German dealer indicates he needs to raise an export permit from German officials - price 90 Euros - fine
From me he wants an 'import license' - what is this import license I ask - Germanic shrug
Talk to D & C firearms dept an they send me a link to Import Licensing Branch - https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...ition-2015.pdf
Reading through that finally get me to emailing Import Licensing Branch direct - firstname.lastname@example.org
They respond with.....
You will need, in addition to your suitably conditioned Firearms Certificate, a transfer licence issued by the German Authorities in line with Directive 91/477/EEC. The exporter must obtain the transfer licence from their issuing authority and once issued the transfer licence must accompany the firearm to the UK.
I have attached Notice to Importers 2871 which references this on .22 on page 3.
Please note that Notice 2875 references a change to import controls for deactivated firearms. A new main Notice referencing the changes detailed in 2875 will be issued shortly to replace 2871.
I now think I'm doing well - no mention of a UK import license - doesn't exist - all that's needed is relevant slot on FAC
Worried though about the term ''Transfer licence'' - German dealer talks about ''Export License''
Back to inquiries at the Import Licensing Branch - they respond quickly but with the unclear response......
It isn’t that an import licence doesn’t exist. There are differing requirements depending upon the type of firearm and whether they are being imported from a non-EU country or being transferred from another EU Member State. We must be contacted prior to attempting to transfer if the German authorities are not issuing a transfer licence in line with Directive 91/477/EEC.
Please note that a transfer licence and export licence are not necessarily the same thing. I cannot advise on whether there is an export licensing requirement in Germany in addition to the transfer licence requirement.
Hmmm - not quite what I hoped for in terms of clarity - still, from my end all I need in FAC (right?)
Send entire transcript to Dealer in Germany with offer to send scanned copy of FAC