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Lithuania. 2010 ‘Export, Import Licences.’ National Report of Lithuania 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 (Section 7), pp. 10-11. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Lithuania to the United Nations. 31 January

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Export, Import Licences

(i) Category A items belonging to the Common List of Military Equipment.

It is prohibited for undertakings to engage in export, import, selling of arms, ammunition, their parts, accessories of arms of category A (Article 7 (2), LCA), except for manufacturers (article 22 (5), LCA)). Manufacturers must obtain a license from the Weaponry Fund to engage in manufacture of arms, ammunition, their major parts and accessories of arms. Brokers must register at the Police Department.

Export and import of goods included in the Common List of Military Equipment are subject to a licence. The licences are issued by the Ministry of Economy (Article 6 LCSG). The licence, however, is not a permission to engage in economic and commercial activities but a permission to export, import, carry in
transit or broker, in a prescribed manner, solely for the goods specified in the license.

Lithuanian legislation allows exemptions from an obligation to receive licenses for the Ministry of Defence and the Weaponry Fund if goods are imported for their own purposes (Article 6(4) LCSG).

A number of state institutions, such as the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Police Department, the State Security Department, the Customs Department under the Ministry of Finance, etc. are involved in decisions on export, import, transit, brokering licence applications as members of the Commission on the Issues of Licensing of Export, Import, Transit and Brokering of Strategic Goods (Commission).

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in coordination with other state institutions, is responsible for national position regarding international arms control regimes and assesses the compliance of the submitted applications for licences with the criteria of the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Export.

State institutions can request to convene a meeting of the Commission. The Commission also meets if at least one institution denies the request for a licence application. In such cases the final decision on granting or refusing a licence is reached by the Commission.

(ii) Category B, C and D items.

Undertakings willing to engage in export or import of arms, ammunition or their parts must obtain a license from the Police Department.

Entity, which wishes to import or export arms in Categories B, C and D, their ammunition and parts must obtain a separate permit for each consignment (Article 23(4), (6), (7) LCA). Such permits are issued by the Police Department, after consultation with the Weaponry Fund.

In order to be granted a permit, an undertaking should present a licence to deal in arms, a copy of a contract and an end-user certificate from the competent authority (except in cases of D category items). The permits may be refused on the grounds of state safety and human security.

In case of application for the export license, the end-user certificate issued by the destination country's agency responsible for national arms circulation control is always required.

[LCA = Law on the Control of Weapons; LCSG = Law on the Control of Strategic Goods]

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