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Military items policy

For safety, the sale of military items is restricted. While military surplus items and body armour that follows our policy can be sold, explosives and military ordnance aren’t allowed on eBay.

Due to government regulations controlling the sale of items designed or modified for military or defense purposes, (including parts/components, software and information) there are some items that can't be listed on eBay.

What is the policy?

The following or similar items are not allowed:

  • Ordnance, military weaponry (such as grenades and landmines), ammunition and related parts, and most military vehicles including aircraft and ships, even if it has been made "unserviceable" or has been "de-militarised" or "de-milled"
  • Articles or services specifically designed, developed, configured, adapted or modified for a military application. Examples of items not allowed on eBay.co.uk include night vision goggles, body armour, technical data manuals, gas masks, and protective clothing which have significant military or intelligence applicability
  • Military items listed by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) - opens in new window or tab:
    • US federal laws and regulations strictly control the import and the export of certain military items and information manufactured and developed in the United States, whether or not the buyer or seller are located in the United States. In addition to prohibiting the listing of military ordnance and other weapons and equipment listed, sellers are not allowed to list any items or information covered by Part 121 of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) - opens in new window or tab, also known as the United States Munitions List. We advise sellers to review ITAR Part 121. If the item you want to list is included on the United States Munitions List, it isn't allowed on eBay
    • The sale of any information, technical data, instruction manuals, or any other military data covered by ITAR Part 121 in any format is strictly prohibited
  • Metal replica hand grenades
  • Atomic or nuclear weapons
  • Explosives
  • Missiles, rockets or launchers

Activity that doesn't follow eBay policy could result in a range of actions including for example: administratively ending or cancelling listings, hiding or demoting all listings from search results, lowering seller rating, buying or selling restrictions, and account suspension. All fees paid or payable in relation to listings or accounts on which we take any action will not be refunded or otherwise credited to your account.

Visit Seller Help to find details of any policy issues with your account or listings, and get the information you need to quickly resolve them.

Why does eBay have this policy?

This policy helps ensure that important government regulations are followed.

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