Guns

How to Import a Weapon in Pakistan

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This post is for  all those people who want to import a weapon using No Objection certificate given by the Ministry of Commerce to the Defence Forces/Government officers. It is not for commercial purposes, but for personal use in self defense or competition shooting. There is a lot of confusion regarding this issue, and most often people end up going to the Arms dealers who misguide them. I have been through it and I am writing this post after going through the whole laborious procedure of importing a weapon. Believe me, it isn’t simple as simple and straight as it sounds. Well actually nothing is our part of the world. You will need to do a lot of running around, patience and will power in this project which will take at least six months to mature. I hope you benefit from my experience…read on…

 

All Government/Armed Forces officers in Pakistan are allowed to import one Non prohibited weapon of their choice. You need to do the following…

  • Get an NOC from the Ministry of Commerce by applying through your office.
  • Once you get the NOC, you will then have to decide which weapon to import. For small arms like pistols which are less priced, it is difficult, because a Glock for instance won’t export one pistol to you. The cost doesn’t add up, they won’t go through this whole procedure for a $ 500 pistol. Normally they have a minimum number of weapons policy. But for pricier weapons its different.
  • Contact the weapon maker (or in some cases dealers/distributors or retailers also export weapons). The initial few emails are where the weapon specs and other details like price, shipping, duties etc are finalized.
  • Next the exporter (Gun company) will ask for your NOC. You will have to give them a scanned copy of your NOC in pdf in A4 size.
  • The exporter (Gun company) will give give you a build sheet (normally) with details of specs, and breakdown of price, including cost of weapon, export license cost, shipping costs etc. Once these things are finalized you will have to give an advance amount to them, normally 50%. In some cases the dealer etc will first apply for the export license. Basically it depends from dealer to dealer, but generally they so ask for an advance to confirm the order before processing for paperwork.
  • Next is wait time during which your export license will be processed and also the exporter will prepare your weapon.
  • If your NOC is more than six months old then you might have to apply for its re-validation to the Ministry of Commerce. For this send a letter from your office giving all details and asking for re-validation. You will also require a letter from the exporter asking you these details. This normally takes about a month, if all goes well and you do run around a lot Smile
  • The Ministry of Commerce will send a letter to the concerned customs officials to the city for which your permit is valid. Upon confirmation by them that the NOC has not been used they will give you clearance.
  • After this you will send the Ministry of Commerce re-verified letter to the seller. The export processing will begin again. Upon completion of this process the seller will ship you the weapon.
  • The shipment normally takes a week and upon shipment the export agent will send you an invoice with relevant details, you will now have to contact a customs clearance agent who will give you some forms to sign in hard copy. He will then apply for release of weapon from the courier through Customs authorities.
  • They will do an inspection of the weapon, then as assessment of the weapon. Also, now the Ministry of Commerce has written to the Customs authorities to get all NOCs re-verified from them for their authenticity Smile . So there’s one more step to go before you get possession of your weapon. The Customs writes to the Ministry stating that a weapon for this man has arrived, please verify if the NOC is original or not. Once you get the letter you’re good to go.
  • After this the agent will tell you to make Bank Draft for Customs, ETO and demurrage charges (for the courier) in case the weapon is delayed (which it will). Remember you will have to make the Bank Draft for them with your name on it, (something like “on account of Mr. XYZ”) or they will not accept it.
  • Finally the agent will submit these drafts with Customs, ETO and the courier company and your weapon will be handed over to you. Remember, you will have to show original NOC and re-validation to the Customs to get your weapon.
  • Remember never to send your NOC in original (hard copy ) to the seller because they accept scanned copies and you will require the NOC at the place of its arrival for clearance purposes.
I hope it works good for you. This thing normally takes six months (re-validation included). If re-validation is not required, that is your NOC is less than six months old, then it might take less time, around 3 months.

That’s all folks. I hope you get it right Smile

Cheers!

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