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Can firearms be imported as part baggage ?
Import of firearms is strictly prohibited.
However, Firearms may only be brought under Transfer of Residence - Import of firearms is usually prohibited and import of Cartridges in excess of 50 is also prohibited, both being listed under Annexure-I of the Baggage Rules. However, persons bringing their effects on TR can bring one firearm of permissible bore on payment of a duty @153% ad-valorem, subject to the conditions that:-
the same was in possession and use abroad by the passenger for a minimum period of one year and also subject to the condition that such firearm, after clearance, shall not be sold, loaned, transferred or otherwise parted with, for consideration or otherwise, during the lifetime of such person AND
The firearms can be allowed in such cases on payment of applicable duty provided the passenger has a valid arms licence from the local authorities.
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