Important New Requirements Now In Effect


Published: September - 2004

If you have been following our coverage of those new regulations regarding the temporary import of firearms into South Africa, you already know there have been massive jam-ups at Johannesburg International Airport this summer of four, five, even up to six hours at times, depending on how many hunters happen to be on the plane you use to arrive in South Africa. You also know there are some new paperwork requirements - namely, you must fill out a new SAP 520 Form, preferably before you arrive, and be able to provide some kind of proof of ownership of the guns you want to import. Americans have been allowed to use a US Customs Form 4457 for that purpose.

Well, note this. To import a firearm into South Africa you now have to provide more paperwork, and it has to be generated ahead of time. The new paperwork consists of what's called a Motivation Letter From Client; an Invitation Letter from Hunting Outfitter; and, for those importing a handgun, a "letter from an association in the country of origin stating the handgun will be used for hunting purposes."

The first letter mentioned above is a typed letter from you (the client) stating that you are temporarily importing certain referred-to firearms for the purpose of hunting. The letter must state that the firearms are required for the type of hunting you will be doing, and it must include a list of the animal species you will be seeking. Include make, model, caliber and serial number of all the firearms you want to import.

The second letter (the one from the outfitter) must state that you will indeed be hunting with the referred-to outfitter and that the firearms you are importing are appropriate for the hunting you will be doing. The letter must include the full name of the company and full contact details of the company. It must also say where and when you (the client) will be hunting.

The third letter - the one that handgun importers have........(continued)

 
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