Outline of the system
Import controls on arms and ammunition, and explosives are primarily exercised by the Macao Security Police (CPSP – Corpo de Polícia de Segurança Pública).
Import licenses are required for certain arms and ammunition, and explosives:
(a) License for defence gun: cartridges of calibre .22 to .32
(b) License for competition gun:
.22LR (Long Rifle)
.22LR (Long Rifle)
Automatic or Semi-automatic
.22LR (Long Rifle)
Nature of licensing
If Automatic, administrative purpose
If Non-Automatic, description of the notified Non-Automatic Licensing regime
Products under restriction as to the quantity or value of imports
The import licensing is not intended to restrict the quantity or value of imports, but to monitor the inflow of the aforesaid goods.
Questions for products under restriction as to the quantity or value of imports
The system applies to products originating from which country?
The licensing system applies to goods originating in and coming from any countries.
Expected duration of licensing procedure
Is the licensing statutorily required?
The import licensing regime for arms, ammunition and explosives is statutorily defined in the Arms and Ammunition Regulation, which is Decree-Law No. 77/99/M of 8 November as revised by Administrative Regulation No. 27/2018; External Trade Law, which is Law No. 7/2003, as revised by Law No. 3/2016; Regulation on External Trade Operations which is Administrative Regulation No. 28/2003 as revised by Administrative Regulation No. 19/2016; and the tables related to External Trade Law updated by Chief Executive's Decision No.209/2021.
Does the legislation leave designation of products to be subject to licensing to administrative discretion?
Is it possible for the government to abolish the system without legislative approval?
Any changes in existing system require legislative approval.
Eligibility of applicants
Is there a system of registration of persons or firms permitted to engage in importation?
What persons or firms are eligible to apply for a licence?
All persons, firms and institutions which comply with Article 11 of Law No. 7/2003, amended by Law No. 3/2016, are eligible to apply for licenses.
Is there a registration fee?
Is there a published list of authorized importers?
Contact point for information on eligibility
Submission of an application
Administrative body(ies) for submission of an application
Macao Security Police
What information is required in applications?
The sample form is attached in Annex C.Annex C - Specimen of Licensing document for Group III, IV, V and VI.pdf
What documents is the importer required to supply with the application?
Application form and copy of the Identity Card are required.
Window of submission of an application
How far in advance of importation must application for a licence be made?
Applications for import licenses should be submitted one month in advance.
Are there any limitations as to the period of the year during which application for licence can be made? If so, explain
There is no limitation of time as to the period of the year during which application for import license may be made.
Issuing the license
Can a licence be granted immediately on request?
A license cannot be granted immediately on request.
Can licences be obtained within a shorter time-limit or for goods arriving at the port without a licence
In the case of inadvertence, license can be obtained within a shorter time limit.
Which administrative body is responsible for approving application of licences?
The Macao Security Police is the sole administrative organ to issue licenses for the aforesaid goods.
Must the applications be passed on to other organs for visa, note or approval?
Are there any other conditions attached to the issue of a licence?
Fees and other administrative charges
Is there any licensing fee or administrative charge?
There are no licensing fees or administrative charges for the issue of licenses.
What is the amount of the fee or charge?
Is there any deposit or advance payment required associated with the issue of licences?
There are no requirements for deposit or advance payment associated with the issue of import licenses.
Amount or rate?
Is it refundable?
What is the period of retention?
What is the purpose of this requirement?
Refusal of an application
Under what circumstances may an application for a licence be refused other than failure to meet the ordinary criteria?
Import license applications may be refused if the ordinary criteria are not met.
Are the reasons for any refusal given to applicants?
Have applicants a right of appeal in the event of refusal to issue a licence?
If so, to what bodies and under what procedures?
The applicants have the right of appeal to Macao Security Police in the event of refusal within 30 days.
Are there any limitations as to the period of year during which importation may be made?
What documents are required upon actual importation?
The import license.
Are there any other administrative procedures, apart from import licensing and similar administrative procedures, required prior to importation?
There are no other administrative procedures.
Conditions of licensing
What is the period of validity of a licence? Can the validity be extended? How?
The period of validity of a license is 12 months. It cannot be extended.
Is there any penalty for the non-utilization of a licence or a portion of a licence?
There is no penalty for the non-utilisation of a license or a portion of a license.
Are licences transferable between importers? If so, are any limitations or conditions attached to such transfer?
Licenses are not transferable.
Is foreign exchange automatically provided by the banking authorities for goods to be imported?
There are no foreign exchange controls.