The rules for shipping stuff into the UK are many and varied and I’m by no means an expert but, touch wood, I’ve not had a problem with the dummy or drill round that form my collecting interest. The thing to remember, from a UK point of view, is that all individual component parts of a cartridge are legal to own without restriction. The only controlled items are ‘expanding’ bullets.
It is the assembling together into a viable cartridge, of the individual components, that makes the item restricted to those licensed to own or possess it. The usual point at which this happens is with a primed case. This only applies to a viable primer though, not one that has been oiled or rendered inert in some other way. As far as the law is concerned any inert cartridge is just a piece of metal.
There is the slight problem of ‘intent’ though. That is the purpose or reason why one has an object in one’s possession. I think an interest in cartridge collecting, having a collecting variation on your FAC, membership of a cartridge collecting association and contributing to a forum such as this ought to take care of that quite well. The problem with ‘intent’ is it is a judgement and one that individual police forces are likely to take disparate opinions on. Some can have a tendency to act ‘ultra vires’ on matters of judgement or individual interpretation.
This is the page from the UK Government website relating to banned or controlled items;
As for paying duty in imports, it’s a bit of a lottery. The REALLY annoying thing is the addition of UK sales tax on the original purchase price AND the cost of posting it to the UK. Talk about sneaky. Then there’s the rip-off of the ‘handling’ charge levied by the Post Office or carrier to take and pass on the Customs duty imposed. It must be a licence to print money … or almost. Here’s the current position vis-a vis duty on stuff sent to the UK from outside the EU;
All other goods
If you order or send purchased goods other than alcohol, tobacco, perfume and toilet water from a country outside the EU then you:
don’t have to pay Excise Duty
may have to pay Customs Duty on goods with a value that exceeds £120
will have to pay Import VAT on goods with a value that exceeds £18
Note that on all goods from outside the EU, Customs Duty is waived if the amount of duty calculated is £7 or under.
Happy collecting, Peter