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Netherlands. 2010 ‘Marking, Record Keeping and Tracing - Record Keeping.’ 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); Section 9, pp. 14-15. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of the Netherlands to the United Nations. 1 January

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Marking, Record Keeping and Tracing - Record Keeping

Within the Defence organisation full records are kept of holdings, use, expenditure and disposal of SALW. These records are checked and subject to inspection. Procedures exist for reporting losses and thefts as well as subsequent necessary action. For the police forces, central and regional records are kept on holdings and use. On confiscated weapons records are also kept on data and disposal/destruction of the weapon.

Transfers of SALW are recorded by the Import and Exports Licensing Office, insofar as they are subject to notification or licensing under the Decree on Import and Export of Strategic Goods.


There are no manufacturers of SALW in the Netherlands.


The Chief Police in the district where the holder of SALW is registered keeps a record. All authorizations to hold weapons are granted for a period of five years and are then updated.


The Customs Licensing Office keeps a record of transfers of SALW if and when the transfer is subject to notification or licensing. A record or licenses issued and licenses denied is kept for a period of ten years. What's more, licenses are included in the monthly overviews of individual data on all licenses issued for military goods as published on the website

[SALW = Small arms and light weapons]

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