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Gobinet, Pierre and Claudio Gramizzi. 2011 ‘Eastern Europe: A Reservoir of Surplus Ordnance.’ Scraping the Barrel: The Trade in Surplus Ammunition; Issue Brief No. 2, p. 4. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 April
Eastern Europe: A Reservoir of Surplus Ordnance
The peak in surplus exports corresponds to a drop in national demand, with the arms industry aiming to survive by exporting whatever has not been sold to domestic forces. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, for instance, the Federation's nine armament factories reportedly made BAM 12 million profit on exports during the first half of 2001; the profit rose to BAM 23 million in the first half of 2003.
In 2009 the Bosnian presidency nevertheless identified about 95,000 weapons and
24,000 tons of ammunition as surplus to national needs. Following this assessment,
on 10 April 2010 the government announced the decision to destroy up to 4,000 tons of high-risk ammunition.