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 Post subject: Import laws
PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:05 pm 
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Location: kelowna, b.c.
I am new to the airgun world and would like to find out a little bit about how the dealers import.
I have bought a couple guns from online dealers,and I got good service. Now I am trying to buy
an Air Arms that no one has in stock. It seems as if,they don't have what you want,they can't be
bothered to help you. I have been in contact with Air Arms directly and they told me they have not
sent anything to Canada in several years,and are not sure why. I would like to know if our import laws
are that difficult that it is just to hard for dealers to get you what you want,or have I just not found
the right person to deal with yet. Can a dealer order one gun,or does he have to order several?

Any comments about this would be appreciated


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 Post subject: Re: Import laws
PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:17 am 
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I was just looking into this myself.

If you are importing a PAL item, the following is useful:
http://www.international.gc.ca/eicb/mil ... q-en.asp#1

In case you haven't seen this yet, you can get a good idea about whether you need a PAL here:
http://www.cfc-cafc.gc.ca/factsheets/airguns_e.asp

The process is simpler than I thought it would be. Basically, individuals can obtain import certificates at little cost for non-restricted firearms (long guns). However, the manufacturers may be hesitant to sell directly to individuals. It seems some companies have single agents who have contracted to be the sole distributor in Canada, which might limit you.

Importing pistols can only be done by specially licensed businesses, and I think this is much stricter.

It appears there are few restrictions on non-PAL imports. However you should probably check with Canadian customs. For instance, you may have to prove that the item is non-PAL.

This is not legal advice. Hope this helps.


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