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    Importing firearms

    There's a website called Guns International which is the equivalent of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory for grown men - full of firearm classifieds and every high quality gun you can imagine.

    Has anyone here bought firearms internationally, and is the process relatively easy or a complete headache?

    I'm looking at a few options from the USA, but I've heard that an export permit for a firearm can cost thousands. Is this true? And how long does the process generally take? If it costs an arm and a leg I may just scrap the idea.

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    importing from usa is a pain is the %%%% !!!!@!
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    So it's character building? I like the sound of that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frodo View Post
    So it's character building? I like the sound of that.
    well if you like having pain in your arse i suggest eating carolina reapers are a good way to start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gonetropo View Post
    well if you like having pain in your arse i suggest eating carolina reapers are a good way to start.

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    Yes, it will cost an arm and a leg - and possibly your left testicle !

    I have looked at the numbers and the economics of importing a single rifle from the USA do not work out for a private individual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiinSeattle View Post
    Yes, it will cost an arm and a leg - and possibly your left testicle !

    I have looked at the numbers and the economics of importing a single rifle from the USA do not work out for a private individual.
    Cheers for the info. What a shame, aye. There's some really cool stuff up for grabs on the 2nd hand market overseas.

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    Once the ITAR changes go into effect here in the USA, it should be easier and cheaper to import from the USA as well as purchasing accessories and similar items.

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    The firearm needs to be very very cheap or special & not available here to make it worth while to import.

    Before the changes the process wasn't overly difficult, that may have changed now especially for restricted firearms.

    You need to factor in USD $250-400 for an export permit & or a percentage of the value of the item for the exporter, this varies depending on who is used.

    Also around USD $4-500 for freight to get it here, then $40-50 Kiwi to get it delivered to you once it is cleared.

    Don't forget GST & customs fees & if you are commercial a brokers fee as well.

    Obviously if you bring in two or three the fixed costs are spread across them which makes it easier to swallow.

    Finding an economic exporter who is willing to do a one off transaction isn't as easy as it sounds either.

    All of a sudden cheap US firearms aren't so much once they get here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frodo View Post
    There's a website called Guns International which is the equivalent of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory for grown men - full of firearm classifieds and every high quality gun you can imagine.

    Has anyone here bought firearms internationally, and is the process relatively easy or a complete headache?

    I'm looking at a few options from the USA, but I've heard that an export permit for a firearm can cost thousands. Is this true? And how long does the process generally take? If it costs an arm and a leg I may just scrap the idea.

    Cheers.
    I think it depends on what you are buying. Certain rifles are just not available here so it makes sense. As mentioned it not a cheap exercise but if you want something special or different its warranted. I am in the process at the moment. A $US6000 rifle in the US becomes around $NZ10500 delivered in NZ. We have an importer in NZ who advertises the service. I haven't used them personally but if you don't want the hassle this is a good option. But clearly don't try to import a Ruger 10/22!!
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    What's your timescale could try Tee something up possibly.

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    My own example from 2010. Invoice in USD, landed in NZ for NZD 6502.00. Worth it back then.

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    if you bring it back in your luggage are the fees still charged or do you just need an import certificate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by berg243 View Post
    if you bring it back in your luggage are the fees still charged or do you just need an import certificate?
    Bringing it with you on the plane is definitely the way to go...done it myself and there were no costs at all......other than buying the gun over there.Done the import thing as well and literally cost an arm and a leg,as well as many months of hassle trying to make it happen....it did in the end but only due to my perserverance and stubborness.if you go this last route its only worth doing if its something you can't get in NZ......otherwise its not worth the cost and hassle for small imports.
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    If the firearm you are looking for available in Canada, maybe it's cheaper in total and less hassle getting from there.

    Shipping could cost a lot especially from North America.

 

 

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