Frequently Asked Questions

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GENERAL & ABOUT BORDERVIEW

EXPORTS FROM THE USA

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GENERAL & ABOUT BORDERVIEW

Who is Borderview?

Borderview is a company specializing in firearm logistics, primarily internationally.  For the most part, this means obtaining the necessary export licenses and import permits to facilitate the legal shipment of firearms and related items between the U.S., Canada, and elsewhere around the world.

Borderview was founded in 2011 as a spin-off of the export division of Dave’s Sports Shop in Lynden, Washington. We continue to provide export/import services for Dave’s and their customers in addition to serving hundreds of other customers worldwide.

How is value determined if I’m not purchasing the gun(s)?

Even though a firearm is not being “purchased” in a situations such as inheritances, gifts or moving, there must be a fair market value assigned. This value is used to present on the Customs paperwork, as well as to make sure that enough insurance coverage is placed on the item in the rare case of damage or loss during shipment. In such cases you may use an estimated fair market value on your form submissions to us, which we will evaluate to confirm are within a defensible fair market value range. If you are altogether unsure about value, simply state ‘unknown’ and we will work with you to determine the proper amount to declare.

Borderview does not declare values lower than fair market value range for the purpose of saving on taxes, so please don’t ask.

Can we put down a lower value? Taxes are high in my country!

No, so please don’t ask. We operate with utmost integrity and in strict compliance in all that we do (would you want any less of your arms exporter?). Furthermore, these same declared values are used to determine insurance coverage levels, so you want to have the right amount just in case.

For purchased firearms, the actual purchase price will be used on all paperwork (with one exception: if the stated purchase price is significantly lower than fair market value range, Customs may still require adjustment to fair market value). In such cases we will notify you, in advance if possible, of any adjustments being made to declared values.

For firearms not being purchased (such as inheritances, gifts or moving with a collection), see “How is value determined if I’m not purchasing the gun(s)?” above.

Borderview does not declare values lower than fair market value range for the purpose of saving on taxes, so please don’t ask.

When and how do I pay for these services?

For most shipment types, we will email you a initial invoice link (due within a week) shortly after your items arrive to our facility, for payment of the relevant export or import service fees. The initial invoice will also summarize the item(s) we received and your shipping address on file, so you can confirm these details.

Then you will receive a final invoice (due immediately) for payment of shipping, taxes and any other outstanding charges. The final invoice will be sent as we approach final approval for shipping, thus prompt payment is necessary to ensure your shipment can go out without delay as soon as we receive final approval.

Invoices are in U.S. dollars and can be paid securely online by credit card (VISA, Mastercard or American Express) unless otherwise stated. Alternately you can mail certified U.S. funds to our main office, or request our wire transfer instructions.

 

EXPORTS FROM THE USA

How do I get started?

Simply click on “Start an Export/ Import” at the top of this website.  From there you can fill out the form relevant to your situation to get a quote and more information!

 

→ EXPORTS TO CANADA

How long does it take to get a gun exported to Canada?

The average wait time about 2 months from the time your shipment arrives to our U.S. facility. Some go faster while others may take longer.

Where in the U.S. can I buy the gun(s) or other items?

Once we’ve determined that the item(s) in question are likely to be approved for export, you can buy the gun(s) or other items from almost any seller in the United States!  They’d simply ship it to our office in Lynden, Washington (less than 5 miles from the Canadian Border) for secure storage until all paperwork is approved.  In the case of firearms, we need to send the seller a copy of our “FFL” (Federal Firearms License) so that they can ship to our office.  You can buy from an auction site like GunBroker.com or GunsInternational.com, or from nearly any other dealer or private party in the U.S. (*the exception is any U.S. seller that has been denied export privileges because of past violations).

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a new-in-box, current production model of a firearm, we would be glad to provide you with a quote on price and availability of that model if we were to source it directly for you.  In many cases this will save you time and money on in-country shipping.  Just let us know what specific model numbers you’re looking for when you fill out the “Start an Export” form.

How do you ship to me?

Licensed items other than ammunition are typically shipped by CanadaPost, signature required. Ammunition will be shipped by Purolator.

For Antiques and Small Parts exemptions, we ship by U.S. Postal Service (“USPS”).  This is by far the most cost-effective method allowed in these cases.  USPS will ship the item to a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) mail processing centre, where they will review the documents, check serial numbers, etc., and then forward the shipment for onward delivery via CanadaPost.  CanadaPost will deliver a notice to you that your parcel is available for pickup at your local postal outlet.  Upon payment of any applicable taxes (and in some cases, duty), your parcel will be released to you.

Can I take the gun(s) with me as my personal luggage?

No, except in rare cases.  Because as the exporter we are required to verify that the item actually being exported is exactly as we described it on the license, we must have the gun(s) or other items in our possession, and initiate export from here.  In rare cases, we may be able to make satisfactory arrangements otherwise, however as a standard procedure, the export must begin in our office.

Do I have to pay U.S. sales tax?

No.  Most sellers outside of Washington State (where we’re located) won’t charge you sales tax by default.  However, no seller should be charging you U.S. state sales tax, as every state has a foreign sales tax exemption, and since the items will be exported directly to you without you taking possession in the U.S., you don’t owe sales tax.

Yes! We’ll happily send a copy of our FFL to your seller once you’ve made a purchase, so that they can ship directly to our FFL office, in accordance with U.S. interstate firearms laws.

Will you accept firearm shipments from an individual, non-FFL?

Yes, in accordance with U.S. law, we can accept firearm shipments from individuals or other FFLs.  If sent from an individual, we are required to record their legal name and address in our “log books”, so the seller / sender must send a photocopy of their Drivers License or other government-issued ID with a current residence address in the shipment.

Can you store my guns while I buy more to ship together?

Yes, we’re happy to do so with prior arrangement and within reason.  Usually this means a couple months with a few firearms.  If it’s going to be longer or another unusual circumstance, we’d be happy to talk with you about options to make it work well for you.

 

→ EXPORTS TO AUSTRALIA OR NEW ZEALAND

How do you ship to me?

We typically ship by U.S. Postal Service (“USPS”).  This is by far the most cost-effective method allowed in most cases.  USPS international shipments of firearms must follow very specific protocol for labeling, etc.  We can ship licensed firearms to Australia and New Zealand by USPS.  For other countries, click here to find the “Individual Country Listings” in the USPS International Mail Manual.  Click the link for the country in question, and check for any Prohibitions or Restrictions for firearms-related items.  Insurance is currently available for package values up to $10,000 USD.  Excess valuation will require more time to get insurance coverage in place prior to shipment.

 

→ EXPORTS TO OTHER COUNTRIES WORLDWIDE

How do you ship to me?

Whenever possible, we ship by U.S. Postal Service (“USPS”).  This is by far the most cost-effective method allowed in most cases.  For your country, click here to find the “Individual Country Listings” in the USPS International Mail Manual.  Click the link for the country in question, and check for any Prohibitions or Restrictions for firearms-related items.  Insurance is currently available for package values up to $10,000 USD.  Excess valuation will require more time to get insurance coverage in place prior to shipment.

 

IMPORTS TO THE USA

Why aren’t there any questions here?

Don’t worry, coming soon! For now, simply visit our USA Firearm Import Service page, or Contact Us!

 

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