How do I export defense articles, including firearms and ammunition?

The export of defense articles under the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) generally requires a license for export issued in accordance with the AECA and the regulations promulgated thereunder.  The Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), administers AECA export controls and licensing for defense articles enumerated on the United States Munitions List (USML) in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) at 22 C.F.R. § 121.1.  Additional information may be obtained from DDTC by either contacting the DDTC Response Team at (202) 663-1282, or by accessing www.pmddtc.state.gov

The Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), administers export controls for items on the Commerce Control List (CCL), including shotguns with a barrel length of 18 inches or more and related components, muzzle loading rifles and handguns, air guns, replica firearms, and shotguns shells and components, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and Part 774 of the Export Administration Regulations.  Additional information may be obtained from BIS by contacting an export counselor at (202) 482-4811, or by visiting their website at www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/policy-guidance/product-guidance/firearms. 

Any person who wishes to export a firearm subject to the National Firearms Act must file with and obtain from ATF an approved ATF Form 9 (5320.9), Application and Permit for Permanent Exportation of Firearms, prior to export.

(22 U.S.C. § 2778; 26 U.S.C. § 5854; 27 C.F.R. §§ 479.114–479.119)

Last Reviewed September 23, 2016