Weapons, ammunition and military equipment - Import permits

This page was last modified on 15-01-2018

In order to import weapons, ammunition or military equipment into the European Union (EU), operators must have an import permit (known as a licence).

In Luxembourg, these licences are issued by the Licensing Office (Office des Licences).

Forms / Online services

Carry out your procedure:

  • By downloading a form

Who is concerned

All importers established in Luxembourg must request a permit/licence from the Licensing Office to import into the EU weapons, ammunition and/or military equipment featuring on the Common military list of the European Union (the "EU CML" list is annexed to the most recent EU directive in force and published in the Official Journal A [Mémorial A]).

At the time of the import declaration, the Customs and Excise Agency (Administration des Douanes et Accises) may require the importer to apply for a licence.

Where applicable, the Licensing Office (alone or together with the Customs and Excise Agency as regards customs law) decides whether or not a licence is required.

Preliminary steps

CN Codes

Before applying for a licence, the applicant has to know the precise tariff classification (CN, TARIC) of the goods concerned. The operator can find this information:

ML code

Before submitting his application for a licence, the applicant must know the ML code corresponding to the goods in question. The operator can find this information in the Common military list of the European Union (the "EU CML" list is annexed to the most recent EU directive in force and published in the Official Journal A [Mémorial A]).

Duration and deadlines

In principle, import permits for weapons, ammunition and/or military equipment will be issued:

  • within 5 working days, provided the application is complete and contains all the necessary supporting documents, and the destination country is not classified as a particularly sensitive destination;
  • and 45 days, if the application is not complete or in the event that the opinion of another national authority has been requested.

How to proceed

International import certificate/end-use certificate

Foreign companies exporting to Luxembourg may need certain certificates in order to obtain the export or transit licences/permits required from the authorities in their country.

Depending on the requirements of the foreign exporter, the Luxembourgish importer may request that the Licensing Office:

  • issue an international import certificate (CII) which marks the Licensing Office's approval for the import of a product into Luxembourg (this does not exempt the importer from having to apply for an import licence); the CII may include an undertaking on the part of the importer not to re-export the goods without an export permit;
  • draw up an end-use and non re-export certificate.

Import permit application

In order to import weapons, ammunition and/or military equipment, operators must apply for an import permit/licence. These licences are valid throughout the EU.

The importer must submit an import permit application for defence-related products to the Licensing Office, along with the following documents:

  • an explanatory letter;
  • a copy of the commercial contract;
  • a copy of the original invoice or the proforma invoice;
  • where applicable, a copy of the authorisation to purchase a weapon issued by the Weapons Department (Service des armes) of the Ministry of Justice (Ministère de la Justice).

Permit validity

Import permits may be granted:

  • to individual importers;
  • for a specific exporter in a third country;
  • covering one or more items of military equipment;
  • within the limit of a determined quantity and value.

They are valid for 4 months throughout the EU and may be extended up to a maximum of 12 months.

Delivery verification certificates

Foreign companies exporting to Luxembourg may need to prove to the customs authorities in their country that the goods have been imported into Luxembourg.

In this case, the foreign exporter or the Luxembourgish importer may, once the import transactions have been completed in Luxembourg, request a delivery verification certificate (certificat de vérification des livraisons - CVL) from the Licensing Office.

Who to contact

Ministry of the Economy
19-21, boulevard Royal
L-2449 - Luxembourg
Postal box BP 113 / L-2011 Luxembourg
Luxembourg
Phone: (+352) 22 61 62
Fax: (+352) 46 61 38
Email office.licences@eco.etat.lu