Part 1: General Information, International
There are a number of items which Brownells sells that may require either US State Department approval or Department of Commerce approval and an export license is necessary before they can be shipped out of the United States. The regulations are complex and constantly changing but our staff is here to help you understand what is needed and will gladly work with you to correctly accomplish the task.
Generally speaking, items which need a license are:
- Firearms Parts
- Optical Sights
- Reloading Components
Licenses from the US State Department and the Department of Commerce take time to receive. It can easily take 30-60 days to obtain an export license, so plan ahead accordingly.
Brownells has an obligation to monitor our shipments for both direct and indirect exports. A direct export is when an order is placed by someone outside of the United States and then ships out of the US when all the required licenses and have been successfully issued for that order. An indirect export is where an order is placed by a customer outside of the US and then is shipped to another location within the United States. Both of these examples could need an export license to take place. Generally speaking it is Brownells policy not to ship any order to a known forwarder or carrier within the United States that is not preapproved by us.
There are a number of things which need to be checked and verified for an export order and Brownells is diligent to conduct the required procedures as specified by the law. Brownells will swiftly report any violations to the appropriate governing authorities of any potential customer which seeks to break those laws.
For firearms, firearms parts, on some other items you will be required to provide an import permit or certificate from your government for us to include along with the export application for you order. If your country does not require an import license, you will need to post us a certified letter reflecting this information.
You will also have to provide Brownells with a written purchase order for the items you wish to order. This can be an official purchase order or a written order on your company's letterhead, paragraphing in letter form the items you wish to order. Your signature and date is required on these items as well. The US Department of State also requires that your written order reflect that Brownells is the supplier your order is directed to. Failure to do so will cause your application to be denied. Unfortunately, the Brownells Order Form from our web site or our Web Order Confirmation cannot be accepted as a written order.
When an exemption or exception can be used for a shipment you may be required to fill out an end user certificate provided by Brownells. You may also need an end user certificate for licensed items.
The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is administered by The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) through the US Department of State. Click here for more information on License Support Documentation information from DDTC:
Canadian customers can click here for information regarding firearms & firearm parts purchases.
Canadian customers are required to provide an import certificate which states that you can import firearm components. Department of State and Department of Commerce will only accept a certified English translation of any documents provided. DO NOT send your original copy of your permits because you will need it to receive the goods when they come to you.
Part 2: Brownells European Websites
We've designed websites in several European markets to make doing business with us internationally a much easier process. Not only is there a Brownells website dedicated to these countries, with the local language and currency, but there is also a Brownells representative locally that help you with any need.
Customers in these countries should direct all orders through the local website or representative.
Please note that some items on our website and catalog may not be available to be purchased or shipped outside of the United States
Part 3: Shipping Information, International
To be sure your order reaches you without delay, please send the include the following information with your order: Complete street address, Post Office Box, Phone and Fax Number (including country code and your Email address). A telephone number is required by all shipping carriers and your order will not be processed unless one is listed. Providing your Email address will allow you to follow your order through our system and track your shipment.
Small Package Air
Small packages can be sent U.S. Air Mail at a reduced cost if they weigh less than 4 pounds (1.8 kg) and fit into a small box. This service does offer tracking capability.
Parcel Post Air or Priority
Size and weight limits may vary from country to country. Normal delivery time is seven to 10 days. Tracking capability is offered.
Parcel Post Express
Packages sent Parcel Post Express should arrive five to seven days after the required paperwork is filed and completed. Weight limits vary between countries. Offers tracking capability.
Freight Forwarders: Typically expensive, used for high dollar value orders and/or high volume orders. There are no size or weight restrictions, but some chemicals may be restricted. Consult International Shipping Restrictions for further delivery limitations. Prices vary; contact our International Department for freight quotes.
Truck to Canada
Can be expensive; check quotes before specifying. Fully regulated hazardous materials and heavier items must be shipped Truck Freight. Please request a quote (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Part 4: Address Information, International
Ship to and Bill to Address
If your “ship to address” is in the U.S., but your “bill to address” is not, the order may be assessed as an international order with the same rules and regulations as shipping internationally.
Part 5: Payment Options
Pay by Credit Card
It's the fastest and easiest way for our International Customers to order on-line. When you fill out the Step 2, please provide your card number, expiration date, and your name (as it appears on the card). When your order is shipped, we will send an e-mail notifying you of the exact charges to your credit card (both shipping and merchandise).
Pay by Wire Transfer
You can electronically transfer funds from your bank to ours. Please call (641-623-5401) to make arrangements. Paying by electronic transfer add an additional $30 for fees.
Pay by Money Order or Bank Draft
International money orders and bank drafts are also acceptable forms of payment. Money orders should be made payable in U.S. Dollars to Brownells, Inc and drawn on an International U.S. bank. Have your bank include its routing number on the face of the bank draft. We will ship immediately after receiving your payment.
Part 6: Additional Fees
Export License Fees
Export licenses are issued by the U.S. State Department and may take between 30 and 60 days to receive. An export license or will be required for each order that meets the criteria as set by the International Traffic In Arms Regulations, ITAR.
- Note: If the value or product nature of your order requires Brownells to apply for an export license from the Department of State there will be an additional charge of $250 to reimburse us for the licensing fees.
Orders requiring an Export License will be shipped via a freight forwarder or through the postal service. FedEx will not deliver these orders.
In some cases you may be charged import duties and/or Value-Added Taxes upon possession of your order. Brownells is not responsible for these fees or the facilitation of payment for them.
COD: CODs are unavailable on International Orders.
-Note-If you order an item that is undeliverable due to shipping restrictions, it will be cancelled from your order.