US EXPORT AND AUST IMPORT CONTROLS
TSA imports a range of products and delivers services, that are subject to United States foreign trade control laws. These laws govern the export, re-export and re-transfer of tangible and intangible products that either fall within as a Military or Commercial product.
These Regulations are:
- International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) – 22 C.F.R. 120-130, under the Arms Export Control Act (AECA 22 U.S.C. 2751-2796). It is administrated by the Department of State and manages the United States Munition List – (USML Category)
- Export Administration Regulations (EAR) – 15 C.F.R. 730-774, under the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 (ERCA 50 U.S.C 4601- 4622). It is administrated by the US Department of Commerce and manages the Commerce Control List – (CCL Export Control Classification Number (ECCN)).
In order to obtain approval to export, re-export or re-transfer a product requires a permit approval, this can take some time depending on which category (ITAR or EAR) its classed in. For planning purposes it’s important to factor this is, please confirm with your TSA representative before completing any paperwork.
Further, the Australian Government prohibits the import of certain goods into Australia. These are governed by the Statuary Rules No. 90, 1956 – Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations made under the Customs Act 1901, specifically:
- 4F – Import of firearms, firearm accessories, firearm parts, firearm magazines, ammunition, component of ammunition and imitations.
- 4H – Importation of certain weapons and weapon parts.
In order to import any item that falls within this regulation a permit is required through the Firearms Section at the Department of Home Affairs. TSA representatives can help you complete the required form for the import under specific Part or Schedule. This process can be lengthy and it’s important to get the paperwork submitted as soon as practical to ensure delivery.
Additionally if the item is not a firearm, it may fall within another category which is managed by the Australian Border Force. With permission you can import or export most prohibited goods with written approval, as long as certain conditions and requirement are met. Your TSA representative can help with understanding what can and cannot be imported.
Due to COVID-19, TSA now recommends a planning period of 12-14 weeks from time of placement of an order for the manufacture, freight, permit processing (US/AUST) and Australian Border Force (ABF) clearance for the delivery of a product for acquisition or testing.
See the Documents link under (Governance) for up to date forms for this process.
Click on the Links below to access the up to date information for the relevant agencies.