Another matter about Importing components from anywhere to anywhere (Ie, into the US from Europe etc)…QUANTITY. Most concerns will not be interested unless we are talking Millions of cases/Projectiles/etc. If it is not in a company’s standard manufacturing list (such as 9mm Para, or 7,62 Nato, etc) they just aren’t interested unless one orders a normal “factory Run” of a calibre.
Production of various calibres is usually “timed” over a year, so that for a couple of months, they only do XXX, then retool to make YYY or ZZZ. These days is not like back in the Heyday of DWM, Kynoch, or Remchester, with several Production Lines running concurrently making different calibres at the same time. Even in Wartime, the Majors had several Lines and even Factories doing the same calibres; (to the exclusion of others).
These days, only the small to medium ammunition maker can enjoy the Luxury of short runs, concurrently of different ammo. With Modern Machinery, it is made for “one off” massive Production ( look at SCAMP or Manurhin systems…the old, Multiple-machine systems of WW II and before have mostly disappeared from the Big Makers. Even Fiocchi, one of the Biggest Pistol calibre makers, only does its “Old Timers” production once every 5 to 8 years; This requires a lot of down -time for re-setting tooling for all the different size cases required.
When I visited S&B in Vlasim in 1993, they were just out of Communist supervision, having formed a Joint stock corporation ( ie, Private shareholdings, mostly by staff)…Their Machinery for the Most Part dated back to the A-H Empire, with some Interwar ZB and German Equipment from WW II. Their only “Modern” ie, post 1950s) equipment was a continuous Conveyor fed line for making Steel 7,62x39 cases (Courtesy of USSR) But the Machines were still the Individual types ( all the others were “Human transfer” machines, using Strong wooden crates for the semi finished shells.)
At the same time, I saw .270 Win (Brass), 9x17 Kurz (Brass) and 7,62x39( Grey lacquered steel) being manufactured, as well as a Manurhin Transfer Press making 9mm Parabellum Projectiles, with a F.Wiener Automatic Bullet scales Machine to separate different finished weights of 9mm Projies ( each weight-range is carefully matched to the appropriate Powder charge, to give constant Velocity Parameters.).
Since CBC ( Magtech in the USA)_ of Brazil, bought out S&B, the Machinery has been Modernised, and their wide range of sporting ammo maintained. Although I think, for smaller runs of “strange calibres” they still use the Old single Stage Presses etc, which are easier to change tooling and settings for. Their workshops are fully capable of building/Re-building their own Machinery, if need be.
Instead if we look at the recent Videos produced by Lake City (under ATK stewardship,) one can see the sort of Production done with dedicated, One calibre, Machinery…especially in crisis Periods (Iraq, Ghanistan, etc).
So, if one wants to “import” cases etc into the USA ( or Aussie, for that Matter) One must have a good market ready to take the Product, at the right Price, and be able to support the Volume required to make the Project financially viable, both at the Importation level, and on the Retail side. And remember, that once one gets to be “competitive” in the Market, along comes a “big Operator” who will either run you into the ground by Price War, or Make you an offer to sell which you can’t refuse!!!. The Only way to keep your head above water is to make stuff (calibres) that no one wants to get into, because of “Niche” market considerations…and this variety is the seeds of its own destruction (Too much tooling, etc).
There are still Possibilities, though, just that one has to have the Capital to be able to maintain the business. ( and the returns are not that great…more income can be made leaving the Money in Term Deposit with a Bank…or in Blue chip shares.)