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Zimbabwe. 2008 ‘Export Control.’ National Report of Zimbabwe 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); Chapter 2. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Zimbabwe to the United Nations. 1 January

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g. Export Control

(i) On exportation, the exporter must have a valid firearms licence. The country where the SALW [small arms and light weapons] are exported should issue an import permit to the exporter. On importation, the end-user should submit an application for importing SALW to the Controller of Firearms, for assessment. The application is accompanied by a set of fingerprints.

Authority to export from the exporting country should be supporting proof.

The exporter must produce supporting document stating the need for the firearm. When all these requirements are exhausted the controller of firearms then issues an export permit.

(ii) The export and transit of SALW is governed by the Customs and Exercise Act Chapter 23:02 and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Act 22:15.

The exporter must have a valid firearms licence plus an import permit issued by the country where the SALW are exported. For transit, a transit permit is given after the company/individual who wants to use Zimbabwe as transit provides proof of where he/she purchased the firearms. If the permit is granted it is only effective for 28 days and it must be produced at the port of entry. From the port of entry the whole consignment is escorted by Police to confirm that the weapons have passed Zimbabwe. The quantity of Consignment, full particulars of exporter and transporter are noted.

(iii) End-User Certificates

The end-user has to produce some documents on the need to have the SALW. Full particulars of the user are noted i.e. full names, physical address, quantity of consignment, transporting company. These are to be produced before a transit permit is issued.

We do not monitor what happens beyond our borders. However, we presume that the SALW reach their destination once they are outside our borders.

(iv) Zimbabwe notifies the exporting state since we facilitate the movement and passage of SALW to other states.

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