Can a private citizen import an NFA item?
No. Only an FFL/SOT with a demonstration letter from a law-enforcement agency can.
Can Chinese guns be imported to the US, even if they’re in Canada?
The only Chinese origin firearms that can be imparted are sporting shotguns or some C&R firearms. Even if a gun is in Canada, it doesn’t matter.
Can a gun that’s been exported from the US be reimported to the US?
Not unless it is otherwise importable. An AR-15 exported from the US is considered a foreign-made firearm for import purposes.
Can we import an AR-15/AK-47/Galil/M14/HK91 or other “assault type firearm?
Not unless ATF has determined it to be “sporting”.
Why can pistol versions of rifles be imported, but the original rifle configuration can’t?
Because there is no limit to the size of a pistol and the “sporting purpose” test is different.
Why can’t we import a .380 Glock such as the Glock 25 or 28?
Because the Glock 25 and 28 fail to meet the required import points with ATF.
Can we import machine-gun parts kits?
Generally, yes. If there is no barrel or receiver for non-sporting firearm included, parts kits are importable.
Why can’t we import barrels for certain firearms?
Because barrels of non-importable firearms are not importable.
Can TXMGO import a gun for evaluation by the ATF?
Yes, we can do a conditional import for evaluation by the ATF. That process will take at least 12 months to complete.
Can we import a tank, helicopter, submarine, or other military vehicle?
Generally, yes. If the vehicle has been properly demilitarized, such as a tank’s main gun being destroyed and aircraft hard points being removed, it can be imported to the US.
Can TXMGO assist with an antique firearm that doesn’t require a Form 6 to enter the country?
Yes. For an antique firearm we would omit the charges for the Form 6.
Are Russian firearms and ammo importable?
Generally, no as most Russian entities are under sanction from the US governmet.
Are gas masks import controlled?
Yes, they are considered Implements of War and require ATF approval to import them.
Why is the seller quoting shipping for much less than TXMGO is quoting it for?
Most likely because the seller is only quoting transport the United States and not including broker fees, customs bond, taxes, and domestic transport. TXMGO's quote is a turn-key quote with all costs included. If we have to get our broker involved, it will most likely cost significantly more than if we set up shipping.
Can a customer bring a firearm to the US in their checked luggage or vehicle?
Generally, yes. We can set things up for them to bring it into the US themselves. However, after it arrives in the US, the customer must immediately ship it to BDU, and it must transfer back through an FFL via an ATF Form 4473.
Do we handle the export license?
Generally, no. Unless otherwise agreed to, TXMGO only handles the items entering the US, not how they exit the country of export.
How much is shipping for firearms?
Generally shipping a firearm from Europe will cost at least $500 without any other fees, as it must go air freight. Firearms from other parts of the world will cost more. Typically shipping quotes are only good for 30 days, so generally we cannot quote shipping in advance.
Can firearms ship directly to a customer or local FFL?
Only antique or blackpowder firearms can ship directly to a customer. All firearms must come to TXMGO for processing before going to a local FFL for eventual transfer.
Can non-firearms ship directly to a customer?
Yes. Non-firearm items such as ammunition, parts kits, vehicles, and such can ship directly to customers without having to first go to TXMGO.
How can a customer avoid any additional or unexpected fees regarding shipping?
If TXMGO sets up the shipping, it is a turn-key solution that takes the item(s) from the shipper and through customs to TXMGO. If TXMGO does not set up shipping, we cannot predict broker fees and other misc. fees which may apply.
What is the ballpark figure on costs for an import?
Without including shipping or any other fees related to entering the country, plan to spend a minimum of $500.
How is the value of an item determined for import?
If the item is a newly purchased item, the value is based on the invoiced value of the item. If the item has not been purchased, and is instead inherited or otherwise transferred, the value is calculated based on what TXMGO would offer to purchase it from the customer for as a used gun.
How long does an import generally take?
ATF approval will generally take 45-60 days, though can also take as long as 90 days. After approval, setting up shipping of the firearm generally takes about a week.
What is engraved on the guns?
ATF requires all imported firearms be marked with the importer’s information. We use a laser engraver to engrave an inconspicuous part of the gun with “TXMGO, OAKVILLE, TX”.
Once an NFA item is imported for an FFL/SOT, can they then transfer it to a non-FFL/SOT?
No. Imported NFA items can only be transferred to another FFL/SOT. However, for imported NFA items besides machine-guns, an FFL/SOT can keep imported NFA items after surrendering their FFL/SOT. Imported machine-guns are treated no differently than other post-sample machine-guns and can only be kept so long as the FFL/SOT remains current.
Can guns be picked up from TXMGO instead of shipping to local FFL?
Only from our Melrose, FL location. Our facility in Texas is not open to the public. If you are local, we can arrange for a local FFL to handle the transfer of the firearms to you.
Is a background check still required for an imported firearm?
Yes. Even if you personally brought the firearm into the country, for you to take permanent possession of them in the United States after TXMGO processes the import, ATF regards it no different than if you had purchased the firearm from TXMGO, which requires an ATF Form 4473.
Can we import small parts and individual parts kits?
What additional fees may apply to an import?
The following taxes and additional fees may apply to an import:
After a non-firearm is imported, are there any restrictions on reselling it?
No, the only items which would be restricted for further retransfer after import would be a non-sporting ammunition and firearms, and NFA items.
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TXMGO is registered as a Manufacturer, Exporter and Broker of Defense Articles under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR); and can facilitate the export of firearms, explosives, and Defense Articles in accordance with all relevant laws and regulations. No firearms, explosives, Defense Articles or intellectual property related to them can be exported without authorization from the US Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) for United States Munitions List (USML) items or the US Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry Security (BIS) for Commerce Control List (CCL) items.