The efforts of SCI, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the National Rifle Association and others met with success on April 23, 2015 when Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reversed their decision to implement changes to the procedural requirements for hunters and recreational shooters wishing to travel abroad with their firearms.
At a budget hearing held before the House Committee on Appropriations, R. Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner of CBP, announced that the agency would temporarily return to the paper process used for years by international hunters and recreational shooters.
In response to questions posed by members of the Committee, Mr. Kerlikowske explained that CBP would temporarily withdraw its requirement that hunters and shooters, who wish to take their firearms out of the country, register their firearms in the Automated Export System (AES). Mr. Kerlikowske informed the Appropriations Committee that CBP would be modifying its website later in the day to reflect this change in position. Please refer to this link for additional information about the hearing.
SCI will continue to pursue a long-term solution to this issue. While this decision provides only a temporary fix to a broader concern. The recently proposed (and just aborted) changes to the exportation of firearms comply with regulations, adopted in 2012, that require electronic registration. SCI is working with NSSF, NRA and others to propose revisions to these problematic rules.
John X Safaris will continue to keep all updated as SCI / Dallas Safari Club share information with us. In short, all you now require for traveling from the USA, as in the past, is the US Customs 4457. Any parties interested in obtaining a copy can do so by following the link, http://www.johnxsafaris.co.za/traveling-with-rifles-south-africa
Thanks to all who have kept us updated throughout this process, it’s greatly appreciated. To those whom were facing this daunting task, relax, it’s a thing of the past for the time being. We look forward to your safari and having you out in Africa.
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