Importation or Transiting Procedures Through Countries with Weapons & Ammunition

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  1. MarkB

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    Being Canadian also hope this helps Tony485. I just finished a ton of research on this for my trip June-Aug this summer. Some Airlines, routes had gun fees higher than flights, I ruled out Europe and SAA. US route is OK but clearing all firearms in and out of US becomes a hassle for at least me, plus Delta lost my guns last time around, after 4 months fighting, and getting a $3K check I was told 'find them yourself". Which I did. After all my research the best, easiest, cheapest was Toronto to Addi Ababa to Joberg, same return on Ethiopian Airlines. I will get another flight across Canada to Toronto when seat sale appears. Its stated on Ethiopian website and agent confirmed with a call that if your second bag meets their criteria NO gun fees. Never flown Ethiopian but giving it a try. Also choose the longest layover in Addi Ababa going out for a look around, need visa to do this but will get online prior, also add to list of countries visited.

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  2. Hogpatrol

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    I hope you are aware of the training Ethiopian pilots get before they get in the cockpit. Their maintenance problems aren't secret either. YMMV but I wouldn't take a free ticket on that air carrier.
     

  3. Longwalker

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    Tony485 regarding permits, your temporary export permit from Canada will be the first thing you need to do. It will record all the information you need to provide to airlines and other governments along your journey. Once I had mine, it was a simple mater to copy / paste the correct information into other applications. For my trip, I needed to do that for three airlines and when applying for permits to transit Frankfurt and enter Namibia.
    You can apply for the Canadian export permit by following the website below. it's a little complicated, you may send me a private message and I can forward you the instructions I received from them. https://www.excol-ceed.gc.ca/Main-Principal/Home_Accueil.aspx
     

  4. MarkB

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    I'm good with that, 5 flights leave Toronto per week, non crashed lately. Every flight carries some risk, part of life.

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  5. BRICKBURN

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    1. No matter where you fly. Canadian Export permits for Rifle, Scope and Ammunition. Free, online applications. There are copies of the forms on AH including the proper codes to use.

    London, UK - No paperwork required.
    Frankfurt, DE - IN past there has been a Transit permit required ($). However, last news it was not.
    Amsterdam, ND - Transit Permit required. Free
    USA - Washington, Atlanta - No paperwork if you are not taking possession of your firearm. Otherwise I would have a 6NIA from the ATF in hand.
    No idea on other crazy routes to JNB.
     

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    I did require a transit permit while transiting through Frankfurt in October 2019
     

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    They go back and forth like a YoYo.
    Always the best to contact them directly.
    I have posted the contact details more times than I can recall. :)
     

  8. Tony485

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    Thank for all the good advice it’s already paying off to have joined this forum.
    How long before our trip would be the appropriate time to start all of the paper work needed for the export of firearms?
     

  9. Dean Macdonald

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    Hi Toby458,
    I flew with KLM, through Amsterdam in 2018, no problems. I made sure to register with the airline that I would be taking a firearm when I bought the ticket. I needed the Canadian paperwork (the same BRICKBURN mentioned) and also a permit to transit through Amsterdam airport. I applied for the Dutch permit online, about 4 months prior to my trip. No problem, emailed back to me in plenty of time.
    I was headed for Namibia as my final destination, so it was KLM the entire trip (from Toronto) No extra baggage fee for the gun case, and all luggage was sent through to final destination. I have no first hand knowledge about switching from one airline to another though, so you would need to do a little homework with all the players involved to satisfy their rules.
    Good Luck!
     

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    We flew to Frankfurt-Joh-EL. Checked our bags/firearms through to Joh. Never saw our bags in Frankfurt, they went right through.
     

  11. mikecatt13

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    Anyone have experience with taking rifle with multiple barrels through RSA? 2 firearms maximum. Ex: could I bring my double in 470, bolt gun in say .300WM, and a extra set of barrels for the double in .375? Or is it 2 calibers max. Regardless of barrels, etc?
     

  12. riflepermits.com

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    Dear Sir

    Send me an email henry@riflepermits.com.

    Kind regards
    Henry
     
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  13. Graham Hunter

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    So I am trying to get a transit permit to go thru Munich but the site does not list Munich and keeps kicking me back to Frankfurt. Any idea's/
     

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