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Military items policy
Because of various complex laws and regulations covering the sale and possession of many military items and information, there are certain military items that can't be listed on eBay and others that can only be listed under certain conditions. The information below tells you what you can and can't list. It also provides you with useful resources to make sure that your listing follows eBay policy and all applicable laws and regulations.
Make sure your listing follows these guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including limits of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.
What are the guidelines?
For more information, you should also review our related firearms, weapons, and knives policy.
Defense articles and dual-use items
The US government makes a distinction between "defense articles" that are specifically developed, configured, or adapted for military applications and "dual-use" items that have both military and civilian applications. Defense articles are regulated for export by the US Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls while dual-use items are regulated for export by the US Department of Commerce.
In general, items not regulated by the ITAR are regulated under the Department of Commerce's Export Administration Regulations (EAR). While they may be sold on eBay, certain categories of items require export licenses depending on the ultimate country of destination because of their potential nuclear, missile, and defense/security applications. Examples of such dual-use items are high precision machine tools and vibration tables, generation 1 night vision, civilian riflescopes/weapon sights and electronics, such as radar, accelerometers, and gyroscopes. You can visit the Commerce Control List and Country Chart to find out if an export license is required.
The law covering the sale of military items
We work closely with federal and military agencies to make sure transactions for military items on eBay follow all laws, regulations, and statutes, including:
Before listing military items on eBay, please review the information in the International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR) Part 121. This regulation restricts the import and export of certain military items and information. Along with other requirements and restrictions, ITAR requires sellers of items and information included in Part 121 who want to ship those items outside of the US to get a special license from the US Department of State.
Because we can't determine whether a seller has this license, sellers can only sell items to US citizens who currently live in the US. You'll need to specify domestic shipping in your listing, and make sure you and your buyer follow all applicable laws and regulations, as well as eBay policies.
Items and information covered by ITAR Part 121 that are otherwise allowed on eBay can only be listed on the US eBay site (eBay.com) by sellers registered in the US offering domestic (within the US) shipping only. ITAR Part 121 items can't be listed on other eBay sites under any circumstances.
eBay's policy for listing body armor
Generally, body armor that isn't issued by the military can be listed on eBay. However, because of various laws and regulations, if the body armor you're listing has been certified using the performance standard of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), then you must include the following information in your description:
The listing must have a clear picture of the armor that verifies the above information, including a picture of the certification tag, and it must also include the following disclaimer, word for word, within the description:
** This model complies with NIJ Standard-0101.06 for Ballistic Resistance of Body Armor. **
We recommend copying and pasting this disclaimer into your item description. Be sure to use the same font size as the rest of your description.
Because the sale of many military items is either prohibited or highly regulated by the government, there are certain items that can't be listed on eBay and others that can only be listed for domestic sale (within the US) only. This policy is in place to make sure everyone is informed about the restrictions before listing any military items on our site.
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