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International Customers

Please read through this information before contacting the Export Department as it will answer many of your general export questions. At the bottom of the page you will have an option to contact the Export Department using your language preference.
(international customers only, inquiries from customers in the U.S. or U.S. territories will not be answered.)

(International Customers, please click on your language preference at the end of the page to be directed to the corresponding contact page.  Emails from the U.S., U.S. territories and overseas military addresses will not be answered.)


U.S. export regulations are currently undergoing U.S Export Reform.  

This Reform will affect many of the items we export, particularly firearms components, parts, accessories and attachments.  

The Reform is scheduled to start spring/summer 2013.   We will amend our export policy in the near future to reflect the new export regulations.  


Buds International Sales LLC is registered with the US State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls as an exporter of firearms to caliber .50, their parts/accessories and ammunition.  Export of the aforementioned commodities is subject to the US State Department's International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the US Commerce Department's Export Administration Regulations.


Commitment to export and import regulations:

All sales and shipping must fully comply with your country's and U.S. law.  We will not assist or enable circumvention of U.S. export regulations, including concealment of the nature of goods, transshipments or straw purchases.  Re-export of the imported item, in its original form or after being incorporated into another end item, is not allowed without prior written approval of the US Department which has export jurisdiction over the imported item.

You are responsible to ensure that the ordered item is legal for import into your country and that you are authorized to import it.  We reserve the right to pass up any export opportunity if we suspect a violation of law or if we are not certain of the legality of the export.

We can ship to all non-embargoed/non-sanctioned countries and to authorized commercial resellers and individuals. 


Export licenses are required for firearms, their parts/accessories and ammo:

Firearms, their components/parts/accessories/attachments (including scopes) and their ammunition (and parts) require an export license, either from the US State or US Commerce Department:


Shotguns with barrels of 18 inches/45.72 cm or longer, some of their parts, their ammunition (and parts) and most hunting/sporting scopes require an export license from the US Commerce Department, unless your country is currently export license-exempt.  

We woudl be glad to verify if your country is export exempt or you may look it up yourself:

1) Look for your country on the Commerce Country Chart:   //www.bis.doc.gov/policiesandregulations/ear/738_supp1.pdf

2) Look in columns FC and CC for your country.

3) For  hunting/sporting scopes and hunting/sporting shotguns with barrel 18" or longer:  If both, the FC and CC columns are blank/empty, no export license is required.  If there is a cross in any FC or CC column, an export license is required.

Some of the countries which are export license-exempt for hunting/sporting scopes or shotguns with barrels of 18" or longer:
New Zealand

Some of the countries which are NOT export license-exempt for the above items:

South Africa

Handguns, rifles, shotguns with barrels shorter than 18 inches/45.72 cm, their components, parts, accessories and attachments, their ammo (and parts) and scopes with military specifications require an export license from the U.S. State Department.   All our exports of the above commodities will require an export license regardless of country. 

In addition, a few items (i.e. short-barreled shotguns, short-barreled rifles and silencers) require pre-export notification of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.    

Firearms chambered or also chambered for 7.62 or 5.56NATO and their ammo can only be exported to commercial resellers, subject to export license.   Such items cannot be exported to end users. 

Please consult the fee structure for export license applications under Ordering & Payment below. 

Export license application:

An export license is required for each new order and approval of the license application is granted on a case-by-case basis by the US Department which has the export jurisdiction.  Proper completion of export license documentation and payment of export license fee do not guarantee that the export license will be granted.  Export license application fees are non-refundable even if the application was not successful. 

It is not possible for several customers to "share" 1 export license application or combine orders to put on 1 export license application.   1 importing business or 1 importing individual can apply for 1 export license. 

We are authorized to request both, Commerce and State Department export licenses for you.  You may also use your own import or export service (or we can provide recommendations).  Export license applications officially take 1 - 2 months to be processed and may take longer, depending on the complexity of your order and the workload of the US Department processing the application.   For some countries (e.g. Australia, Canada, UK), the application may be processed significantly quicker. 

Required documentation for application of export licenses:

·         Import authorization with certified English translation.

·         Formal, firm and signed order with detailed product description and quantity, customer's name and address (with either street or, if no street exists, building/location designator other than post office box) and addressed to Buds International Sales LLC.   The order must also include the name of the end user as well as the intended end use.   The end use does not have to be overly detailed but "for personal use" or "for resale" is too vague.

·         Nontransfer and Use Certificate (DSP83 or BIS711.  We will provide this for you).

·         Any other information required or recommended by the US Commerce or US State Department. 

If the ordered article is export-license exempt, we would require:

·         Import authorization

·         Photo Identification

·         Name of end user

·         Intended end use 

If your country does not issue import permits, we would need your signed and formal letter of explanation and verify that the transaction can be legally carried out. 

Items not subject to export licensing, e.g. gearbags, holsters, cleaning kits etc. only require name of end user and intended end use. 


Exported items must be described correctly on export and customs documentation.  We cannot obscure, hide or misrepresent the contents or value of shipments or disassemble items and ship in parts in order to bypass export, import or shipping regulations. 

We have experienced and qualified international shippers for firearms, firearm parts and ammunition and quote CIF door - airport.   The more items in the shipment, the lower the shipping cost per item.  Firearms and ammunition cannot be sent together. 

In some countries, it is lawful to send firearms and parts via postal service.  We use U.S. Post Express Mail (5 business days, tracking number, insured) or if dimensional limits don't allow Express Mail, we use U.S. Post Priority Mail (10 business days, tracking number, insured) for longarms.   We quote CIF door - airport, which means even if the order is delivered to your local post office or home, you would be responsible for any fees, costs or tariffs which may arise after the order arrives in your country.  In some countries, shipping longarms is not possible due to dimensional limits set by the post office.   However, some longarms are shipped 'broken down' and we'd glad to verify shipping dimensions.  We regret that we are unable to take apart shotguns or otherwise 'shorten' shipments due to logistical limitations in our fast-paced warehouse. 

Some examples of countries who accept firearms per postal service and their dimensional limits.  The limits refer to the shipping dimensions (size of parcel), no the overall length of the firearm:

Australia:   Length limit 42"; Length and Girth combined:  Limit 79"

Canada:  Length limit 79"; Length and Girth combined:  Limit 108"

New Zealand:  Length limit 60", Length and Girth combined: Limit 108"

Norway:  Length limit 60", Length and Girth combined: Limit 108"

Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands:  Length Limit 60"; Length and Girth combined:  Limit 108" 

Listing of countries and postal shipping restrictions:

http://pe.usps.com/cpim/ftp/manuals/Imm/immctry.pdf (updated May 7, 2012)

Note:   We cannot ship firearms to your country if the prohibition list includes "arms", "weapons" or "firearms".   Even if firearms can be shipped via post to you country, we cannot provide 'consular invoices' or any other documentation requiring visits to, and services by, embassies, consulates or similar.    We can only process postal shipments if we can produce the export documentation in-house (e.g. commercial invoices) or reasonably obtain the documents. 

As mentioned above, ammunition cannot be sent together with firearms.  In most cases, shipping ammo via air is not possible.   Most vessels/ocean transporters will not accept less than 20-ft containers loads.   Special documentation is required to obtain a shipping quote.  Ammunition can never be sent via postal service.


Couriers e.g. UPS or DHL cannot accept international firearm or ammunition shipments.


Firearm cleaning kits, paint repair pens and other items containing potentially hazardous, flammable, explosive or reactive liquids or other substances cannot be exported. 

Ordering & Payment:

We receive a large volume of international inquiries so there may be an unavoidable delay in receiving a reply.  In order to respond effectively to your inquiry, please indicate the Buds item number, quantity, your name, city and country.  We can respond in English, Spanish, French, German and Czech.    

Direct international email contact:  [email protected] or click on the language options at the end of this page.  (This feature is for international inquiries only and not for emails from customers in the U.S., U.S. territories or overseas military addresses.)  

We cannot special-order items which are not listed on our website, nor research or make recommendations on products for you.  If you don't know the Buds item number, you may search for it on our website via the manufacturer model number. 

We regret but due to the fast tempo and logistical set-up of our warehouse and logistical reasons, we cannot customize firearms or parts e.g. to adapt to country regulations or re-pack articles into special cases or containers.   We do however inspect each firearm before shipping. 

The pricing/fee structure is as follows:

·         We invoice (1) price of item(s), (2) export licensing application fee (if required) and (3) shipping fee. 

·         Export price:   Online price + 5%.

·         Minimum order USD 500.

·         Prepayment via bank wire transfer only.

·         Preparation and submission of export license with the U.S. State Department (handguns, rifles, their parts/accessories/ammo, some mil-spec scopes):  USD 300 for 1 - 5 different models (regardless of quantity per model), USD 25 for each additional model.

·         Preparation and submission of export license with the US Commerce Department (hunting/sporting shotguns, some of their parts, their ammo and most hunting/sporting scopes):  USD 50 for 1 - 5 different models (regardless of quantity per model), USD 25 for each additional model.

·         Notification of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) (short-barreled shotguns, short-barreled rifles, silencers):  USD 25 per item, in addition to export license fee.

·         Ammunition export:  USD 100 per order, in addition to export license fee.

·         Due to low margins, we are unable to offer discounts to commercial resellers. 

The above-mentioned fees serve to recuperate the significant cost, time and labor involved in assembling and preparing the various forms, product specifications and other paperwork which must be submitted with the export license application as well as to offset exporter registration dues, export license application fees and other export-related expenses. 

Ordering online:

We are in the process of adapting the online ordering system for international customers.  Most international customers may place an order online which will go into a 'Pending Export Approval' queue and will be reviewed by the Export Department.  You will receive further automated and personal messages and instructions as we walk you through the export process.    

Import links, by country:

(This is not a complete list.   Besides the countries listed here, we can ship to all non-embargoed/non-sanctioned countries, and to authorized companies and individuals.) 


Firearms and Weapons Import Introduction: http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page4372.asp

Schedule 6/ Requirements for the importation of firearms, firearm accessories, firearm parts, firearms magazines, ammunition, components of ammunition and imitations: http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2011C00788/Html/Text#_Toc305144482

Import permit B709 NSW: http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/services/firearms/customs


Import permit B709 NT: http://www.pfes.nt.gov.au/~/media/Files/Forms_Licences_Permits_Publications/Police/Firearms/ApplicationforPoliceAuthorisationB709.ashx

Import permit B709 QLD: http://www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/weaponsLicensing/acquire/acquirOseasImport.htm

Import permit B709 SA: http://www.sapolice.sa.gov.au/sapol/services/firearms_weapons.jsp

Import permit B709 TAS: http://www.police.tas.gov.au/contact-us/

Import permit B709 VIC: http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=34423

Import permit B709 WA: http://www.police.wa.gov.au/Forms/tabid/1093/Default.aspx 


International Import Certificate: http://www.international.gc.ca/controls-controles/about-a_propos/impor/IIC.aspx?menu_id=14&view=d

Importing a firearm into Canada: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/pub/bsf5044-eng.html

Importing a firearm into Canada FAQs: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/faq/im-ex-eng.htm

Customs tariff 2012: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/trade-commerce/tariff-tarif/2012/menu-eng.html and http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/trade-commerce/tariff-tarif/2012/01-99/01-99-t2012-01-eng.pdf 


Importation en provenance d'un pays tiers ou d'un territoire d'outre-mer/Armes et munitions de 1ère et 4ème catégories: http://www.douane.gouv.fr/data/file/3881.pdf

Demande d'autorisation d'importation de materiels de guerre, armes et munitions CERFA 11192*02: https://www.formulaires.modernisation.gouv.fr/gf/cerfa_11192.do

Tarif des douanes: http://www.douane.gouv.fr/data/file/6615.pdf 


Zoll: Verbringung and Mitnahme von Waffen: http://www.zoll.de/DE/Fachthemen/Verbote-Beschraenkungen/Schutz-der-oeffentlichen-Ordnung/Waffen-und-Munition/Verbringen-Mitnahme/verbringen-mitnahme.html

Antrag auf Verbringung: http://www.berlin.de/imperia/md/content/polizei/service/waffen/antrag_auf_verbringungserlaubnis_neu.pdf?start&ts=1243511766&file=antrag_auf_verbringungserlaubnis_neu.pdf 


Importacion/Permiso extraordinario: http://www.sedena.gob.mx/index.php/tramites-y-servicios/registro-federal-de-armas-de-fuego/armas-y-cartuchos/importacion-y-exportacion 

New Zealand:

Import firearms into NZ FAQs: http://www.police.govt.nz/faq/items/23133

Importing firearms into NZ: http://newzealand.govt.nz/search?query=firearms

Permit to import: http://www.police.govt.nz/service/firearms/importing.html and



Material de defensa: importacion: http://www.comercio.mityc.es/es-ES/comercio-exterior/informacion-sectorial/material-de-defensa-y-de-doble-uso/guia-operador/Paginas/material-de-defensa-importacion.aspx 


Import License Application Form ILB1 - Firearms and Ammunition: http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/trade-policy-unit/importing-into-uk/import-licensing-forms

Firearms - Imports: Overall controls and policies: http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pageVAT_ShowContent&id=HMCE_PROD1_025576&propertyType=document 

Miscellaneous government links regarding export from U.S.:

Import tariffs countries A - Z:  http://export.gov/logistics/eg_main_018142.asp#P146_7120

US Department of State, International Traffic in Arms Regulations: http://pmddtc.state.gov/regulations_laws/itar_official.html

US Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls:  http://pmddtc.state.gov/index.html

US Department of State: Country Policies and Embargoes: http://www.pmddtc.state.gov/embargoed_countries/index.html

US Department of State, Export License application DSP5, form and guidelines: http://www.pmddtc.state.gov/dtrade/index.html

US Department of State, Nontransfer and Use Certificate DSP83:


US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security: http://www.bis.doc.gov/

US Department of Commerce, Export Administration Regulations: http://www.bis.doc.gov/policiesandregulations/ear/index.htm

US Department of Commerce, Statement by Ultimate Consignee and Purchaser:


Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Firearms Industry: http://www.atf.gov/firearms/industry/

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Nonimmigrant aliens purchasing firearms in the U.S.:  http://www.atf.gov/publications/download/p/atf-p-5300-18.pdf

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Open Letter, pertaining to nonimmigrants:


US Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC), Sanctions and Recent Actions: http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/SDN-List/Pages/default.aspx



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