Dear All, I have managed to retrieve an answer about what seemed to be an ambiguous notice to importers which says that an import licence is not needed for "components of ammunition".
Import law requires an import licence for unaccompanied items controlled by the firearms acts, especially section 5 items. The following response from the Import Licensing Branch of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills clarifies that a firearm certificate may be used in lieu of an import licence to import expanding missiles.
UK Border Agency/Customs are aware of this stance and have the facility to the check importers certificates on the National Firearms Licensing Management System, so donít think you can import missiles of any old caliber!!!
"Section 5(1A)(f) relates to the complete round of expanding ammunition whereas expanding projectiles fall within 5(1A)(g). The notice is correct when it states that an importer does not need to apply to this branch for a specific import licence for component parts of ammunition.
We have had discussions with the UK Border Force who have confirmed that the personal importation concession is applicable to goods shipped to the recipient. They view the domestic authority of the recipient in effect as the import licence.
Import Licensing Branch | Department for Business, Innovation and Skills |
Queensway House | West Precinct | Billingham | TS23 2NF | firstname.lastname@example.org | | Fax: 01642 364269 | www.bis.gov.uk"