Exporting firearms temporarily to the United States
Currently, if you are exporting non-restricted or restricted firearms from Canada to the United States, you do not have to stop at a CBSA office when you leave the country. However, the United States requires an import permit. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) issues the required import permit, which can be obtained by completing an ATF Form 6NIA (5330.3D (.pdf), Application and Permit for Temporary Importation of Firearms and Ammunition by Non-immigrant Aliens. It is available on the ATF Web site at www.atf.gov. It can take up to 12 weeks to process an application, so it is advisable to apply for a permit well in advance.
Note: The application form for the import permit must be accompanied by a copy of a United States hunting licence or an invitation to a target/ sportshooting competition. For more information regarding United States import permits, contact:
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
Firearms and Explosives Imports Branch
Office of Public and Governmental Affairs
650 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington DC 20226 USA
Web site: www.atf.treas.gov
If you are temporarily exporting prohibited firearms from Canada to the United States you need an export permit from FAITC. For more information on these permits, contact:
Export and Import Permits Bureau
Export Controls Division
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Lester B. Pearson Building
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa ON K1A 0G2
Web site: www.international.gc.ca
Exporting firearms temporarily to countries other than the United States
If you are exporting any class of firearm to countries other than the United States, you need an export permit from FAITC. For more information on these permits, please contact FAITC at the number and/or address above.
Exporting firearms permanently from Canada
If you are permanently exporting a firearm from Canada, you need an export permit from FAITC. For more information on these permits, please contact FAITC at the number and/or address above.
Before exporting these goods, check with customs officials of the country you intend to enter for their requirements.
You must also advise the Canada Firearms Centre of the exportation. This makes it possible for officials there to update the information contained in the Canadian Firearms Registry. For more information, contact the Canada Firearms Centre at 1-800-731-4000 or visit their Web site at www.cfc-cafc.gc.ca.