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Godnick, William and Helena Vasquez. 2003 ‘El Salvador: Import and Export.’ Small Arms Control in Central America: Monitoring the Implementation of Small Arms Control Projects (MISAC); Latin America Series No. 2, p. 18. London: International Alert, Security and Peacebuilding Programme. 1 June

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El Salvador: Import and Export

The MDN's Logistics Division is the institution responsible for authorising small arms imports and exports, issuing licences to firearms users, maintaining the national firearms register (including weapons held by private security companies and other legal entities) and a database of ballistics tests on all weapons legally introduced into the country.

Before someone can import weapons, ammunitions or explosives into El Salvador, they need a licence distributed by the MDN and two authorisations per shipment - one from the MDN and the other from the corresponding government agency in the exporting country.

Private citizens are allowed to import two firearms per year, but must have the appropriate authorisations in advance. Up to 200 rounds of ammunition may be imported per legally introduced weapon.

Exporters must sign an affidavit confirming that the weapons being exported will indeed end up in the designated country.

[MDN: Ministry of National Defence]

ID: Q5575

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