Guidance

Firearms specific import licence: how to apply

Guidance on how to apply for a specific import licence on the electronic import licensing system (ICMS) for firearms, guns or ammunition.

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The Import Case Management System (ICMS) system allows importers of goods, to make completely electronic applications for import licences. These are subject to BIS Import Licensing Branch import controls.

Imports of firearms, guns and ammunition into the UK are controlled in line with the UK’s firearms legislation. This ensures that those who do not have authority to possess firearms cannot import them.

You can apply for a new import licence on the ICMS website. You need to register on the system before you can use it - see ‘How do I register for import licences?’ for details.