Due to ever increasing restrictions and procedures for exporting being place upon us by the US Department of State and the United Nations, we are forced to change our export policy as listed below. We highly encourage you to contact us before submitting the documentation to ensure that you have a full understanding of the progress and cost.
Law Enforcement or Military: The minimum requirement for exporting will be $10,000 USD. Law enforcement agencies and military entities are encouraged to place orders for the quantities they would expect to required over the lifespan of their respective import permit, even if they only take actual delivery of a portion of the quantities specified in the documentation. In other words, the export processing fee will be same whether you order $10,000 USD or $100,000 USD of merchandise.
Requirements for Export orders
Firearms and Components: All firearms, major part components (barrels, bolts, frames, lower receivers and cylinders) and any combination of minor components exceeding $100 USD require an export license issued by the US State Department. The export license is for the specific items and value listed on your purchase order and is valid until the export permit and/or import certificate expires. No changes can be made to your purchase order once the export license has been applied for.
Because you are acquiring military grade weapons and military designated weapon accessories, you will need to provide us with your entity’s official “Purchase Order” as well as the bona fide end-user certificates
Requirements and Process:
- Submit a signed in ink purchase order on your agency’s letterhead issued from the office of the highest ranking officer/director/minister/commissioner of your agency along with an original or certified copy of the country-issued import permit/certificate, and a signed DPS-83 form. It is important that your purchase order be precise as to what you are ordering. No accessory items can be included with a rifle or upper assembly. A rifle or upper assembly must be specified as one item. Any accessories would be a separate sale item and must be listed separately.
- If your government does not regulate importation of firearms and firearms parts, provide a letter on your personal or company letterhead indicating your country does not regulate firearms and firearm parts. .
- Mail these documents to:
Applied Tactical Technologies, Inc.
ATTN: Export Department
P.O. Box 268
Babylon, NY 11702-0268
- Upon receipt of these documents, we will apply for the export license which can take up to 60-90 days to process through the US State Department.
Optics: The US Department of Commence requires an export license to a number of countries for the export of non-military optics. Military specific optics such as the Trijicon TA01NSN or TA31F, certain night vision devices and thermal imaging devices as well as Infrared laser target designators can only be exported directly to the purchasing law enforcement agency or military.
Restrictions placed on exports of military equipment
- Automatic weapons, 1st & 2nd grade NVD imaging tubes, thermal imaging devices, infrared laser target designator, NIJ Level IV protective apparel, computer cipher or target tracking software, etc.
Conditions, Fees and Payment
- Due to the extensive paper work and man-hours required to process export orders, we require a processing fee as listed below prior to proceeding with the application process. This fee is non-refundable in the event the export license is not granted.
One time orders for:
Components - $300 USD
Complete rifles or major sub components (uppers or lowers) - $400.00 USD
- Entities placing blanket orders in excess of $15,000 USD will be exempt.
- Wire-transfer payments are required on all export orders. The wire-transfer bank fee is included in the processing fee. Please contact us for our banking information.
- A 100% deposit is required on orders for automatic rifles and the balance for shipping, insurance and container charges will become due and charged when the order is ready to ship.
- Shipping and transportation insurance are not included in the export fees. Shipments will be made through the air freight carrier of your country since UPS, Federal Express and DHL do not accept shipments of firearms or components.
In considering whether or not a shipment to your country will require an export license, we need to consider both WHAT is being shipped and WHERE it is going.
The lists on this page deal with WHAT is being shipped. (See the lists of export-controlled or embargoed countries for guidance about WHERE shipments may be sent.)
Technologies subject to Export Control Laws are categorized on the following two lists:
In addition, under the provisions of the international Chemical Weapons Convention, the United States may require special declarations related to chemical shipments under either the ITAR or the EAR.
CATEGORIES: INTERNATIONAL TRAFFIC IN ARMS REGULATIONS
U.S. Munitions List:
(Link opens the State Department site in a separate browser window, see Part 121)
- Category I
Firearms, Close Assault Weapons and Combat Shotguns
- Category II
Materials, Chemicals, Microorganisms, and Toxins
- Category III
- Category IV
Launch Vehicles, Guided Missiles, Ballistic Missiles, Rockets, Torpedoes, Bombs and Mines
- Category V
Explosives and Energetic Materials, Propellants, Incendiary Agents and Their Constituents
- Category VI
Vessels of War and Special Naval Equipment
- Category VII
Tanks and Military Vehicles
- Category VIII
Aircraft and Associated Equipment
- Category IX
Military Training Equipment
- Category XCategory XI
Protective Personnel Equipment
- Category XII
Fire Control, Range Finder, Optical and Guidance and Control Equipment
- Category XIII
Auxiliary Military Equipment
- Category XIV
Toxicological Agents, Including Chemical Agents, Biological Agents, and Associated Equipment
- Category XV
Spacecraft Systems and Associated Equipment
- Category XVI
Nuclear Weapons, Design and Testing Related Items
- Category XVII
Classified Articles, Technical Data and Defense Services Not Otherwise Enumerated
- Category XVIII
Directed Energy Weapons
- Category XX
Submersible Vessels, Oceanographic and Associated Equipment
CATEGORIES: Export Administration Regulations
Bureau of Industry and Security Commerce Control List:
(Link above opens the Commerce Department site in a separate browser window, scroll to Part 774. Links below open the individual sections of the Commerce Control List in a separate browser window.)
In considering whether or not a shipment, transfer, transmission or disclosure will require an export license, we need to consider WHAT is being shipped, WHERE it is going, and TO WHOM it is being exported or disclosed.
The lists on this page deal with WHERE and TO WHOM items, information or software is going. (See the lists of controlled technologies for guidance about WHAT may be sent.)
Certain destinations, organizations and individuals are subject to trade sanctions, embargoes and restrictions under U.S. law.
If you intend to ship to a country, entity or person that appears on a restricted list, contact Rachel Claus, email@example.com.
EMBARGOED OR OTHERWISE RESTRICTED DESTINATIONS, ORGANIZATIONS OR INDIVIDUALS
- Countries with restricted entities on the EAR Entity Chart
(15 CFR 744, Supp. 4 - pdf file)
China, India, Israel, Pakistan, Russia
Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Sudan
See Sanctions Program and Country Summaries for more specific information.
- OFAC Listed Countries and Territories Subject to Sanctions
Liberia, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Balkans, Libya, Cote D'Ivoire (formerly Ivory Coast) and the Palestinian Territories
See Sanctions Program and Country Summaries for more specific information.
Afghanistan, Belarus, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, N. Korea, Syria, Vietnam, Myanmar (formerly Burma), China, Haiti, Liberia, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Venezuela, or Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), any UN Security Council arms embargoed country (e.g., for certain exports to Rwanda).
A list of individuals who are denied export privileges by the Commerce Department
Rev. December, 2006
The Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) recently released an advisory opinion stating that stab vests are classified under ECCN 1A005. That ECCN controls “body armor … not manufactured to military standards or specifications.”
According to that advisory opinion:
ECCN 1A005 does not set a minimum level of protection that body armor must provide to be controlled. It does specify in the Related Controls section that body armor meeting NIJ protection levels III and IV are subject to the licensing authority of the Department of State. Therefore, the U.S. Department of Commerce considers body armor that does not meet the State Department criteria, but that provides protection to the wearer against nonballistic threats, such as stabbing weapons, to be a classified commodity under ECCN 1A005.
This is an oddly-broad argument that would arguably classify as ECCN 1A005 an umpire’s vest or any other garment that provides any level of protection against any threat of bodily injury.
More significantly, BIS’s analysis should have taken into account whether a stab vest poses any concerns with respect to the reasons for control stated for items classified under ECCN 1A005, namely national security and anti-terrorism. If the U.S. military were using knives to attack terrorists and foreign enemies, then there might be a reason to classify stab vests under ECCN 1A005. But last time I checked, our military was using, for obvious reasons, guns and other weapons against which a stab vest affords not a single ounce of protection.
The advisory opinion is also hard to reconcile with an explicit exception set forth in ECCN 1A005 and not discussed at all by the advisory opinion:
This entry does not control body armor designed to provide frontal protection only from both fragment and blast from non-military explosive devices.
This is clearly a reference to the bomb vests worn by law enforcement personnel who have the perilous job of defusing criminal explosive devices. Obviously, BIS felt that such vests aren’t of much use to foreign enemies and terrorists in defending themselves from our military, largely, I suppose, because only frontal protection is provided. But if such vests aren’t beneficial to those who would pose terrorism or national security threats, certainly stab vests are even less useful. (Frankly, a bomb vest such as described in the exception might be of some use to a terrorist engaged in making a bomb, whereas there appears to be little reason for a terrorist or an enemy soldier to wear a stab vest.)
The BIS ruling seems even less justifiable in light of the reason for the current increased demand for exports of stab vests. The growth market for stab vests is in the United Kingdom, where knife violence is reaching epic proportions and where local governments are ordering stab vests for certain at-risk “front-line” government employees, including “emergency room staff, hospital porters, teachers, social workers and parking enforcement officers.” Needless to say, there are plenty of non-U.S. sources for these vests, and this advisory opinion will simply unfairly disadvantage U.S. companies in meeting this legitimate need for the stab vests.
Commerce Control List (CCL) Export Control
Classification Number Old ECCN: 1A988 New ECCN: 1A005
Description of Old ECCN: Bullet proof and bullet resistant vests.
1A005 Body armor and components therefor, as follows (see List of Items Controlled).
License Requirements Reason for Control: NS, UN, AT.
Control(s) Country chart NS applies to entire entry NS Column
2. UN applies to entire entry Iraq, North Korea, and Rwanda.
AT applies to entire entry AT Column 1.
License Exceptions LVS: N/A
GBS: Yes, except UN
CIV: N/A List of Items Controlled Unit: $ value Related Controls:
(1) Bulletproof and bullet resistant vests (body armor) NIJ levels III and IV, are subject to the export licensing authority of the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (see 22 CFR 121.1 Categories X(a) and XIV(f, h)).
(2) For “fibrous or filamentary materials” used in the manufacture of body armor, see ECCN 1C010.
(3) See §746.8(b)(1) for additional licensing requirements concerning this entry.
Related Definitions: NA Items:
a. Soft body armor not manufactured to military standards or specifications, or to their equivalents, and specially designed components therefor;
b. Hard body armor plates providing ballistic protection equal to or less than level IIIA (NIJ 0101.06, July 2008) or national equivalents.
Notes to ECCN 1A005:
1. This entry does not control body armor when accompanying its user for the user's own personal protection.
2. This entry does not control body armor designed to provide frontal protection only from both fragment and blast from non-military explosive devices.
3. This entry does not apply to body armor designed to provide protection only from knife, spike, needle or blunt trauma.