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Netherlands. 2010 ‘National Laws, Regulations and Decrees - Marking.’ National Report of the Netherlands on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), p. 7. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of the Netherlands to the United Nations. 1 January

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National Laws, Regulations and Decrees - Marking

Each firearm imported into the Netherlands will be marked when the UN Firearms protocol is implemented in Dutch national law (Arms and Ammunition Act).

Each item of SALW held by the Defence organisation is uniquely marked and registered. The marking identifies the type, country code, serial number and the manufacturer of the item of SALW.

If it appears that a weapon in the armed forces' stocks is not marked, it will be considered Illegal and it will subsequently be destroyed.

In addition to the physical marking each item of SALW is equipped with a passive, electronic 'rfid' (radio frequency identification) transponder. These transponders are read with the use of portable terminals before and after transportation and all data are stored in one centralized database.

A bill to align the Dutch Arms and Ammunition Act to the marking and tracing (EU) obligations is in preparation.

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