Originally Posted by HonestJohn
Many customs officials and border entry points aren't well versed in what replicas are, or that they are necessarily disallowed.
The problem comes down to whether they are treated as toys or replica guns. In some cases businesses have been importing them for so long, permits or not, that neither they nor the customs officials who might process their imports realize there's a problem - yet. In due time I would expect they will get the attention of the powers that be, but it can take a very very long time.
Clear guns are ok to import, and are considered imitation firearms.
Ah, luck buggers... Thanks though.