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Importing ammo as an individual?

  • 09-06-2021 6:01pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 750 ✭✭✭


    Hi all I've got a 6.5x55 and everywhere I go I can't get decent target ammo and im after lapua target ammo and it's a serious pain in the arse.
    And it's not like 6.5x55 is an uncommon target round it's used a plenty on the continent for hitting steel and knocking caribou and even moose
    I have a limit of 1000 rounds on my licence but I'm looking for 200-600 rounds of lapua scenar or Sellier and Bellot 142gr hpbt
    Would it be possible to import by myself ? Or would I be better off getting my local dealer to import the ammo for me and does have anyone have experience trying to get ammo imported in those small of amounts ie 1-3 cases
    Thanks all


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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 28,348 Mod ✭✭✭✭Cass


    I've imported from the North (Tannyoky) and the UK (HPS).

    Its the exact same process as importing a firearm you just name ammo (and quantity) instead of make/model and serial number.

    I imported 500 form the North and 1,000 from the UK. It wasn't factory ammo, but that is somewhat irrelevant.
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  • Registered Users Posts: 163 ✭✭GooseB


    I got an import licence for a rifle fairly recently and it's a pretty straight forward and efficient service from the Dept. of Justice. Applied online one Friday, had the licence in my hand the following Friday. As Cass says, there's a section on the form for importing ammunition.

    http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/eu_individuals_importing


  • Registered Users Posts: 543 ✭✭✭JP22


    Cass wrote: »
    .............I imported 500 form the North and 1,000 from the UK. It wasn't factory ammo, but that is somewhat irrelevant.

    Is imported ammo subject to customs/taxes/vat etc.

    Just asking as I don't know.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 1,328 Mod ✭✭✭✭otmmyboy2


    Never imported ammo from the continent but if you do find somewhere that does it please share, and the logistics company used.

    I've eyed a few oddball(by Irish standards) calibres over the years and would be more likely to take the plunge if I knew I wasn't going to get crucified on feeding it.

    I will say the import process is pretty damn speedy, had mine back in 2 days once, and if it is as smooth for ammo as for firearms you should have it back within 2 weeks at most(my experience over several firearm imports from Germany & UK).

    Never forget, the end goal is zero firearms of any type.

    S.I. No. 187/1972 - Firearms (Temporary Custody) Order - Firearms seized

    S.I. No. 21/2008 - Firearms (Restricted Firearms and Ammunition) Order 2008 - Firearm types restricted

    Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 - Firearms banned & grandfathered

    S.I. No. 420/2019 - Magazine ban, ammo storage & transport restricted

    Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2023 - 2023 Firearm Ban (retroactive to 8 years prior)



  • Registered Users Posts: 871 ✭✭✭zeissman


    JP22 wrote: »
    Is imported ammo subject to customs/taxes/vat etc.

    Just asking as I don't know.

    If your importing from the North you shouldn't have to pay anything but if your ìmporting from the UK mainland you will .


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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 28,348 Mod ✭✭✭✭Cass


    JP22 wrote: »
    Is imported ammo subject to customs/taxes/vat etc.
    Wasn't when I done it as the UK was still in the EU, but now I'd say yes.
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  • Registered Users Posts: 592 ✭✭✭slipperyox


    Would importing ammo from the north not be a lot easier if you got a european permit, and psni permit?

    I only suggest, as if your round capacity is low, sending multiple application forms is probably not the way...


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 28,348 Mod ✭✭✭✭Cass


    It is a bit easier in that you don't have the cost of shipping from abroad, plus most places have a "franchise" or agent in the North. As you said you can get the PSNI visitor's pass and travel up yourself to collect if you wish.
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  • Registered Users Posts: 872 ✭✭✭Wadi14


    I live close to the border and buy all my ammo in the North, I have my firearms and ammo on an NI visitors pass


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,420 ✭✭✭garrettod


    Out of interest, is there much of a price difference on ammo, if bought up North?

    Aside from the foreign exchange cost, you've the £16 for the PSNI. Any other costs (ignoring fuel and the commute) ?

    I've been to the Tannyoky shop a few times, found them very good, but never looked to buy ammo from them.

    Thanks,

    G.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 872 ✭✭✭Wadi14


    Even with the exchange rate they are cheaper, but if your not close to the border or heading to the North for some reason it wouldn't be an option for most people down south.
    I bought 500 SK rifle match today 54 sterling that's about 63 euro so a saving of 7 or 8 euros I guess,
    The savings are bigger in something like CenX could be as much as 20+ euros


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