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    Bringing items back from the usa

    Hi all just a quick one- i have a friend that is going to the states today and she is there 2 weeks i have seen a good bit of stuff on line thats really cheap out there than it is here, and little bits and bobs that i would like her to bring back, however i cant find anywhere at all and regulations regarding what gun realted items can be brought into the country, for example a bag of 50 winchester brass brand new is approx $$ 35.00 really cheap but they say they dont export out of the USA, i cant see how brass is an issue to be brought into the UK and on searching the border agency / Gov. what ever websites it outlines firearms etc but says nothing about brass reloading dies and presses and components etc, i am aware you will have to pay import tax on certain things but cant find any details info .....

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    They all say that bullets, brass, and a host of other items cannot be exported out of the USA, what they really mean is:
    1. They cant be exported without an export licence
    2. They cant be bothered.
    Boyds gunstocks for example say they cannot export without an export licence stocks over $100 in value, yet Mcmillan freely export stocks costing several time more so make your mind up on that.

    Regardless of what the regulations are on bringing shooting related stuff back from the USA, if you value this persons friendship dont put her in a position where there could be complications.

    Ian.

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    I agree completely Ian but if there is 100% no issues and i can confirm that she will be happy to bring some brass back for me, if not then there is no issues i just really wanted to clarify the situation, ill ring customs on Tuesday Just to clarify the position. i cant see how brass can be an issue really ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by gamegunner View Post
    Hi all just a quick one- i have a friend that is going to the states today and she is there 2 weeks i have seen a good bit of stuff on line thats really cheap out there than it is here, and little bits and bobs that i would like her to bring back, however i cant find anywhere at all and regulations regarding what gun realted items can be brought into the country, for example a bag of 50 winchester brass brand new is approx $$ 35.00 really cheap but they say they dont export out of the USA, i cant see how brass is an issue to be brought into the UK and on searching the border agency / Gov. what ever websites it outlines firearms etc but says nothing about brass reloading dies and presses and components etc, i am aware you will have to pay import tax on certain things but cant find any details info .....
    1 = $1.46 so that makes it 23.97 without taxes. Sportsman are cheaper! 22.36+vat for a bag of 50 unprimed .243 http://www.sportsmanguncentre.co.uk/...ed-brass-cases

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    Thanks Brimfire, the 270 cases im after at just short of 30.00 Plus VAT Plus delivery too, maked them about 40 % more expensive - its not just brass really there is a few other bits and pieces i wans initially trying to find out specifice of trasfer of gun related itemb back to the uk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitebeard View Post
    They all say that bullets, brass, and a host of other items cannot be exported out of the USA, what they really mean is:
    1. They cant be exported without an export licence
    2. They cant be bothered.
    Boyds gunstocks for example say they cannot export without an export licence stocks over $100 in value, yet Mcmillan freely export stocks costing several time more so make your mind up on that.

    Regardless of what the regulations are on bringing shooting related stuff back from the USA, if you value this persons friendship dont put her in a position where there could be complications.

    Ian.

    Some American companies have been caught and punished. Pac Nor Barrels was nearly put out of business some years back and the US State Dept stopped all exports of its products for two or three years as a penalty. There are occasional reports of individuals being stopped at airports in this situation, and although I've not heard of prosecutions, the goods will be confiscated, the traveller will have an uncomfortable session with US Customs and TSA officials, and may end up missing his or her flight depending on how long the interview and full luggage searches take.

    Like Ian, I wouldn't ask any relative or friend to do this for me.

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    fair enough maybe i wont end up asking her then - but i do think it would also be good to find out factually what the rules and regulations are. Maybe ill just order some other bits and pieces.

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    I work globally and have purchased knives, brass, air pistols, reloading dies and many other items in the U.S. and brought them back. Nearly everytime I have a note inside my bag when I get home saying something like "we have searched your bag and we have found nothing of interest" from U.S. Customs. Basically I'm bringing things back that are not illegal there or in the U.K.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gamegunner View Post
    i do think it would also be good to find out factually what the rules and regulations are.
    With HM Customs it can all be down to how they feel on the day!!

    Ian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ian67 View Post
    I work globally and have purchased knives, brass, air pistols, reloading dies and many other items in the U.S. and brought them back. Nearly everytime I have a note inside my bag when I get home saying something like "we have searched your bag and we have found nothing of interest" from U.S. Customs. Basically I'm bringing things back that are not illegal there or in the U.K.
    +1 I have brought things back from the USA for the last 13 yrs scopes etc ( several at a time) as to UK customs, I was escorted to them by the airline when I brought my new bow back, we literally had to drag them away from there coffee, if it is legal then you should be ok, they already know what is in your bags before you leave your departure, if there is any doubts you are red flagged on arrival.

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