On 16th July, the Department for International Trade published a number of new Notices to Importers, including the following –

  • 2922 sets out the licensing arrangements for imports of firearms and ammunition into the UK. It has been updated to include 2 new section 5 categories (section 5 deals with “prohibited” firearms, such as handguns) including so-called “bump stocks”, and revised rules on the import of deactivated firearms.
  • 2921 says that importers will have to provide their Economic Operator Registration & Identification (EORI) number to the Import Licensing Branch (ILB) in order to obtain an import licence.
  • 2920 sets out that the arrangements for importers exhibiting at the DSEI exhibition in September 2019.
  • 2923 is an information note on the ban on the import, purchase, or transport of arms and related materials of all types, including weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, paramilitary equipment, and spare parts thereof from Russia by nationals of EU Member States or using their flag vessels or aircraft. There are no derogations possible for this sanctions regime.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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