Why Skybox companies won’t ship your firearm items.

They're simply trying to avoid going to jail and losing their company. They won't knowingly ship that stuff.

If you're thinking about buying firearm accessories in the USA and having them shipped to you using a Skybox service, think again.

Let's clear this up for you.

The Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security, the U.S. Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls and the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, administer export control regulations. Their scope goes beyond the item alone and covers who the item is for, where the item will be used and what purpose the items will be used for.

The sale, transfer, transportation, or shipment outside of the U.S. of any product prohibited or restricted for export without complying with U.S. export control laws and regulations, including proper export licensing, documentation or authorization, is strictly prohibited and may result in civil penalties and/or constitute a federal crime.

The skybox company that you use will have to establish and entirely new department just to administer the shipment of these items because they will need to apply for export permits for each item that you want shipped. The processing time for the export license can take up to 45 days and in a few instances, it may take longer. During this waiting time, they will have to warehouse your items and for them, storage and insurance is not free. Additionally, they can only ship items with approved export licenses. To register to apply for an export license, the company will have to be a US company domiciled in the United States. It’s probably not a viable move for your skybox company to do that, just so that you can ship a trigger kit or grip module.

It’s tedious, specialized and exacting work exporting firearm accessories and there are many variables and frequently changing laws and procedures so try not to get upset with a skybox employee for telling you that they can’t ship your item. They’re just trying to avoid breaking the law and getting into trouble. A perfectly legal item in the United States may also be perfectly legal in your country but the instant an attempt is made to move it across the border without proper authorization, the people that investigate and prosecute international arms trafficking are going to want to talk to you.

So How Do You Get Your Stuff ?

SASMAN Sales LLC is an export management company that specializes in the export management of firearm related items being exported from the United States to the Caribbean. The process involves gathering all of the supporting documentation and applying for an export license, following up with the process as it progresses and supplying any additional information that is requested.

If the export license is approved, part of the additional procedures involves arranging shipping and supplying the transportation company with the relevant paperwork that will accompany the. The US Census Bureau needs to be advised about the shipment prior to loading. When the items are shipped there are reporting requirements and record keeping requirements.


The export process is complex and it's not cheap. Typically the process can cost US$75.00 per package depending on what the item is, the country it's being exported to and the item's intended use and user.