Citation(s) from the literature library

Flew, Catherine and Angus Urquhart. 2004 ‘Import, Export and Transit.’ Strengthening Small Arms controls: An Audit of Small Arms Control Legislation in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa - Sudan, pp. 31-32. London: Saferworld / SaferAfrica. 1 February

Relevant contents

Import, Export and Transit

The Arms, Ammunition and Explosives Act, 1986

Art. 5

(1) No arms shall be imported, save under a prior permit, issued by the licensing authority.

(2) Any arms imported, without obtaining a permit prior to import, shall be confiscated, even though the permit has been obtained, after import thereof.

(3) No permit shall be issued, to any person, to import arms, for the purpose of trade therein, unless the person has, in his possession, a licence to trade in arms.

(4) The regulations shall specify the conditions of granting licences, of import of arms.

Art. 20
No arm shall be exported, save upon a permit, from the licensing authority, as to such conditions, as they may specify.


The national legislation broadly conforms to the regional and international agreements but falls short in a few key areas. Permits must be obtained from the licensing authorities in order to import, export or transit arms.

Some detail is provided regarding the information to be included on import licences. However, the amount of information to be included falls short of the standard contained in the international and regional agreements.

Further, there is no requirement for the use of end-user certificates and no requirement that export applications are assessed in a manner consistent with existing responsibilities under international law.

ID: Q5187

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