ATF Form 5330.3C Atf Form 6a - Release and Receipt of Imported Firearms, Ammunition and Defense Articles

What Is ATF Form 6A?

ATF Form 6A, Release and Receipt of Imported Firearms, Ammunition and Defense Articles - also known as the ATF Form 5330.3C or the ATF E-Form 6A - is a form you are required to fill out for most importations of firearms, defense articles, and ammunition. The form is distributed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and was last updated in January 2018. The ATF Form 6A fillable version is available for download below.

The form is part of a series of ATF Forms along with forms ATF 6 Part I, ATF 6 Part II and ATF Form 6NIA.

When to Fill out ATF Form 6A?

Fill out this form when you import firearms, ammunition, or defense articles authorized for importation on ATF Form 6 Part I and ATF Form 6 Part II. You will receive a blank form with your approved import permit. For your items to be released from the custody of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), you are required to present the completed ATF Form 6A and your import permit to the CBP.

The main purpose of the form is to determine that the importation has taken place, verify that the items were released and received by the importer or designated agent, and confirm that the released items were the items described in the application for importation.

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OMB No. 1140-0007 (01/31/2021)
U.S. Department of Justice
Release and Receipt of Imported Firearms,
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Ammunition and Defense Articles
(See Instructions on Back)
Section I - Importation Information (Use a separate ATF Form 6A (5330. 3C) to describe articles imported under each permit. Also, use a separate form
for each shipment under the same permit.)
1. Name and Address of Importer
2. Name and Address of Foreign Seller
3.
Name and Address of Foreign Shipper
4. Federal License No. and/or AECA No. (If any)
Expiration Dates
5. Country Where Manufactured (Required)
u
8. Gross Value of Shipment (In U.S. dollars)
6.
Import Permit No. (When importation authorized by
7. Telephone No.
permit) (Required)
9. Shipment of Firearms, Ammunition and/or Defense Articles (For firearms, enter (SG)-Shotgun; (RI)-Rifle; (RE)-Revolver); (DD)-Destructive Device; (MG)-Machinegun;
(SI)-Silencer; Frame or Receiver) (For ammunition, circle the appropriate type; Ball, Incendiary, Wadcutter, Shot, Armor Piercing-(AP), or Tracer)
U.S.
Number and
Caliber
Quantity
Munitions
Barrel
Overall
Kind of
Gauge
(Each
Import List
Serial
Length
Length
Packages
Type
or Size
type)
Model
Name of Manufacturer
Category
No.
b
a
c
f
g
i
j
d
h
e
(Ball
Incendiary,
Wadcutter,
Shot, AP,
Tracer)
Section II - Certification of Release From U.S. Customs and Border Protection
10. Port of Entry
11. Customs Entry or ID No.
12. Type of Entry
13. Date Release
Consumption
Warehouse
Informal
14. I certify that the above articles were authorized for importation by the Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and were released from
the custody of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection or were authorized to be removed from a Customs bonded warehouse or foreign trade zone.
Import Permit Number:
15. Signature of Customs and Border Protection Official
16. Title
17. Date
Section III - Verification of Importation (completed by licensed and/or registered importers only)
18. I have examined the above shipment and found it to:
Contain the firearms, ammunition and/or defense articles in the exact quantity and as described in Item 9 above, or
Contain the following discrepancies:
I declare under the penalties provided by law, that this verification of importation is true, correct and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief and
that each firearm is marked and can be identified as required by 27 CFR Part 478.
19. Signature of Importer
20. Title or Status (Individual, member of firm; if officer of corporation,
21. Date
give title)
ATF E-Form 6A (5330.3C)
Revised January 2018
OMB No. 1140-0007 (01/31/2021)
U.S. Department of Justice
Release and Receipt of Imported Firearms,
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Ammunition and Defense Articles
(See Instructions on Back)
Section I - Importation Information (Use a separate ATF Form 6A (5330. 3C) to describe articles imported under each permit. Also, use a separate form
for each shipment under the same permit.)
1. Name and Address of Importer
2. Name and Address of Foreign Seller
3.
Name and Address of Foreign Shipper
4. Federal License No. and/or AECA No. (If any)
Expiration Dates
5. Country Where Manufactured (Required)
u
8. Gross Value of Shipment (In U.S. dollars)
6.
Import Permit No. (When importation authorized by
7. Telephone No.
permit) (Required)
9. Shipment of Firearms, Ammunition and/or Defense Articles (For firearms, enter (SG)-Shotgun; (RI)-Rifle; (RE)-Revolver); (DD)-Destructive Device; (MG)-Machinegun;
(SI)-Silencer; Frame or Receiver) (For ammunition, circle the appropriate type; Ball, Incendiary, Wadcutter, Shot, Armor Piercing-(AP), or Tracer)
U.S.
Number and
Caliber
Quantity
Munitions
Barrel
Overall
Kind of
Gauge
(Each
Import List
Serial
Length
Length
Packages
Type
or Size
type)
Model
Name of Manufacturer
Category
No.
b
a
c
f
g
i
j
d
h
e
(Ball
Incendiary,
Wadcutter,
Shot, AP,
Tracer)
Section II - Certification of Release From U.S. Customs and Border Protection
10. Port of Entry
11. Customs Entry or ID No.
12. Type of Entry
13. Date Release
Consumption
Warehouse
Informal
14. I certify that the above articles were authorized for importation by the Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and were released from
the custody of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection or were authorized to be removed from a Customs bonded warehouse or foreign trade zone.
Import Permit Number:
15. Signature of Customs and Border Protection Official
16. Title
17. Date
Section III - Verification of Importation (completed by licensed and/or registered importers only)
18. I have examined the above shipment and found it to:
Contain the firearms, ammunition and/or defense articles in the exact quantity and as described in Item 9 above, or
Contain the following discrepancies:
I declare under the penalties provided by law, that this verification of importation is true, correct and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief and
that each firearm is marked and can be identified as required by 27 CFR Part 478.
19. Signature of Importer
20. Title or Status (Individual, member of firm; if officer of corporation,
21. Date
give title)
ATF E-Form 6A (5330.3C)
Revised January 2018
Instructions
Instructionnstructions for Federally Licensed
Instructions for Members of the U.S. Armed Forces
and/or Registered Importers.
1. ATF Form 6A is required for the importation of firearm(s) or ammunition or
1. ATF F 6A (5330.3C) is required for every importation of firearm(s), ammunition,
defense articles authorized for importation on ATF Form 6 -Part II (5330.3B).
and/or defense articles, with certain exceptions listed in 27 CFR Parts 447
2. Section I. Importation Information. To obtain release of firearms or ammunition
and 478.
or defense articles from the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the
member of the United States Armed Forces must complete Section I of the form
2. Section I. Importation Information. To obtain release of firearm(s), ammunition,
and present it to U.S. Customs and Border Protection along with his import
and defense articles from the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
(CBP), the importer may (1) complete Section I of the form, in duplicate,
permit, ATF Form 6-Part II (5330.3B).
and present one copy to CBP along with his import permit, ATF Form 6 Part
I (5330.3A) or (2) submit Form 6 and 6A data electronically to ATF via the
3.
Section II. CBP will release the shipment if they are satisfied that the shipment
Partner Government Agency (PGA) message set. For additional information on
of firearm(s), ammunition, and/or defense articles was authorized by the
how to submit PGA data to CBP electronically, please see:
Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. CBP will no
https://www.cbp.gov/document/guidance/atf-supplemental-guidance-ace,. For
longer complete Section II of the Form 6A.
assistance in setting up an Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) account,
please cont the CBP Ace Helpdesk at 1-866-530-4172. Questions for ATF
Instructions for Persons not
may be directed to: Imports-Helpdesk@atf.gov. Importers are still required to
Licensed by or Registered with ATF
send in their copy of the Form 6A to ATF within 15 days of release from CBP
custody. Only Sections I and III arerequired. If the import includes a firearm(s)
1. ATF Form 6A is required for the importation of firearm(s), ammunition, and/or
for which the serial number(s) are not known at the time the ATF Form 6 Part I,
defense articles, with certain exceptions listed in 27 CFR Parts 447 and
Applcation and Permit to Import Firearms, Ammunition and Defense Articles,
478.
the serial numbers must be reported in Section III of the form (see below) within
15 days from release from CBP custody.
2. Section I. Importation Information. To obtain release of firearm(s),
ammunition, and/or defense articles from the custody of U.S. Customs and
If the import is for firearms, their parts or components, or ammunition, the
Border Protection, the individual must complete Section I of the form and
importer also must present to U.S. Customs and Border Protection a copy of the
present it to U.S. Customs and Border Protection along with his import permit,
export license authorizing the export of the article or articles from the exporting
ATF Form 6 -Part I (5330.3A).
country. If the exporting country does not require issuance of an export license,
the importer instead must present to U.S. Customsand Border Protection a
Record Retention Requirement
certification, under penalty of perjury, to that effect.
Federal firearms licensees must retain this form as part of their ATF required records
3. Section II. CBP will release the shipment if they are satisfied that the shipment
permanently as prescribed by 27 CFR 478.129(d). Importers registered under the
of firearm(s), ammunition, and/or Defense Articles was authorized by the
Arms Export Control Act who do not also hold a Federal firearms license must
Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. CBP will no
retain this form as part of their ATF required records for at least the 6-year period
longer complete Section II of the Form 6A.
prescribed by 27 CFR 447.34(b).
4. Section III. Verification of Importation. Within 15 days after the article(s)
Privacy Act Information
has been released from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the licensed
and/or registered importer must complete Section III of the duplicate copy
The following information is provided pursuant to Section 3 of the Privacy Act of
of ATF Form 6A and mail it to the address specified below.
1974 (5 U.S.C. Section 552a(e)(3)).
Title 27 CFR Part 478 requires that within 15 days after release from U.S.
1. Authority. Solicitation of this information is made pursuant to the Gun
Customs and Border Protection, each firearm imported shall be identified
Control Act of 1968 (18 U.S.C. Chapter 44), and Section 38 of the
by engraving or casting on it the following: (1) serial number, (2) model,
Arms Export Control Act of 1976 (22 U.S.C. Section 2778). Disclosure of
(3) caliber or gauge, (4) name of manufacturer and country where manufactured,
this information by the applicant is mandatory for the release and receipt
and (5) the name, city, and State of the importer. If firearms serial numbers were
of imported firearms, ammunition, and defense articles.
not known or reported at the time of import, the importer must report those
serial numbers in an attachment to block 18. He also must post in his permanent
2. Purpose. To determine that the importation of firearms, ammunition, and
records all required information regarding the importation (27 CFR 478.112).
defense articles has taken place, to verify that the term(s) was (were) released
to and received by the importer or his agent, and to verify that the items released
Instructions for
were the items listed on the application for importation.
Federal Firearms Licensees other than importers.
3. Routine Uses. The information will be used by ATF to make the determinations
1. ATF F orm 6A is required for every importation of firearm(s), ammunition, and/or
set forth in paragraph 2. In addition, the information may be disclosed to other
defense articles, with certain exceptions listed in 27 CFR Parts 447 and 478.
Federal, State, foreign and local law enforcement and regulatory agency
personnel to verify information on the application and to aid in the performance
2. Section I. Importation Information. To obtain release of firearm(s),
of their duties with respect to the regulation of firearms, ammunition, and
ammunition, and defense articles from the custody of U.S. Customs and
defense articles. The information may further be disclosed to the Department
Border Protection (CBP), the importer may (1) complete Section I of the form,
of Justice if it appears that the furnishing of false information may constitute a
in duplicate, and present one copy to CBP along with his import permit, ATF
violation of Federal law.
Form 6 Part I (5330.3A) or (2) submit Form 6 and 6A data electronically to ATF
via the PGA message set. For additional information on how to submit PGA
4. Effects of not supplying the information requested. Failure to supply
data to CBP electronically, please see:
complete information will delay processing and may cause denial of the
https://www.cbp.gov/document/guidance/atf-supplemental-guidance-ace,. For
application.
assistance in setting up an ACE account, please contact the CBP Ace Helpdesk at
1-866-530-4172. Questions for ATF may be directed to:
Imports-Helpdesk@atf.gov.
3. Section II. CBP will release the shipment if they are satisfied that the shipment
of firearm(s), ammunition, and/or defense articles was authorized by the
Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. CBP will no
longer complete Section II of the Form 6A.
ATF E-Form 6A (5330.3C)
Revised January 2018
PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT NOTICE
This request is in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This information collection is mandatory pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 925, 26 U.S.C. 5844, and 22 U.S.C.
2778. The purpose of this information collection is to allow ATF to determine that the article(s) described on the form have been released by the U.S. Customs Service to the
importer and to verify that the article(s) authorized to be imported were received by the importer.
The estimated average burden associated with this collection information is 24 minutes per respondent or recordkeeper, depending on individual circumstances. Comments
concerning the accuracy of this burden estimate and suggestions for reducing this burden should be directed to the Reports Management Officer, Document Services Branch,
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Washington, DC 20226.
An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
MAILING INFORMATION
Chief, Firearms and Explosives Imports Branch
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
244 Needy Road
Martinsburg, WV 25405
ATF E-Form 6A (5330.3C)
Revised January 2018

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How to Fill out ATF Form 6A?

General guidelines for filling out the ATF Form 6A for federally licensed and registered importers, other federal licensees, members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and individuals not licensed by or registered with the ATF are provided with the form. Step-by-step filing instructions are as follows:

  1. Section I. Importation Information. This section is mandatory;
    • Item 1. Name and Address of Importer. Self-explanatory;
    • Item 2. Name and Address of Foreign Seller. Specify the details of the seller you have bought the imported items from;
    • Item 3. Name and Address of Foreign Shipper. If the same as the seller, enter "See Item 2";
    • Item 4. Federal License No. and/or AECA No. If you are federally licensed importer, provide your valid 15-digit number and the expiration date. In order to import for resale items other than sporting shotguns, parts, or shells, you are required to be registered under the Arms Export Control Act (AECA). If this is the case, specify the 10-digit AECA number. This number was provided to you by the ATF after filing the ATF Form 4587, Application to Register as an Importer of U.S. Munition Import List Articles;
    • Item 5. Country Where Manufactured. Specify in which country the imported articles were manufactured. This item is obligatory due to restrictions to import firearms and ammunition manufactured in specific countries;
    • Item 6. Import Permit No. Provide the number assigned to your approved ATF Form 6;
    • Item 7. Telephone Number. Self-explanatory;
    • Item 8. Gross Value of Shipment. Specify the gross value of the imported items in U.S. dollars;
    • Item 9. Shipment of Firearms, Ammunition and/or Defense Articles. Carefully describe the imported articles. Use the abbreviations provided in the form to specify the type of imported firearms. Do not use any slang terms;
  2. Section II. Certification of Release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The CBP does not fill out this section any longer;
  3. Section III. Verification of Importation. This section must be completed only if federally licensed or registered importers are importing on the form. Complete this section within 15 days after the imported articles were released by the CBP. After that, mail the copy of the form with sections I and III filled out to the address provided on the last page of the form instructions.

How to Update Information on ATF Form 6A?

You do not need to update information on your release and receipt form. Fill out a separate document for each permit instead. Besides, use a separate form for each different shipment on the same permit.

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