ANNOUNCEMENT 07 Feb 2014In February 2014, the government of the United States of America announced a change in the technical requirements for goods market entry.
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Federal Register Volume 79, Number 26 (February 7, 2014) at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-02-07/html/2014-02580.htm.
Ina final rule published on February 7, 2014, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) of the U.S. Department of Justice amended itsregulations to extend the standard term of import permits for firearms,ammunition, and defense articles from one year to two years.
This action comesin response to a petition filed on August 10, 2010, by the FireArmsImport-Export Roundtable (FAIR) Trade Group. FAIR is an organization thatrepresents importers and exporters of firearms, ammunition, firearms parts, andaccessories. The petitioner requested the change, and ATF has now determinedthat granting the additional time 'will allow importers sufficient time tocomplete the importation of the authorized commodity' and 'will eliminate theneed for the importer to submit a new import application, ATF Form 6, where theimportation was not completed within the 1-year period.' The change, in ATF'sview, 'will result in a substantial cost and time savings for both the industryand ATF, and will not cause any discernible adverse effects." This rule iseffective April 8, 2014.