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Authorized Trade

Annual Export and Import Data

Each year, the Small Arms Survey provides an update of annual authorized small arms and light weapons exports and imports by major exporter and importer (annual transfers of at least USD 10 million). These data are available for download below:

Small Arms Survey Publications

  • Trade Update 2020: An Eye on Ammunition Transfers to Africa, by Nicolas Florquin, Elodie Hainard, and Benjamin Jongleux. Report, December 2020.

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  • Trade Update 2019: Transfers, Transparency, and South-east Asia Spotlight, by Michael Picard, Paul Holtom, and Fiona Mangan. Report, December 2019.

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  • Possible Measures to Prevent and Address Diversion: Supporting Effective Implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty. August 2018. Small Arms Survey Infographic (also available in French and Spanish)

    Download (2.88 MB)
  • Trade Update 2018: Sub-Saharan Africa in Focus, by Paul Holtom and Irene Pavesi. December 2018.

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  • The 2018 Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer, by Paul Holtom and Irene Pavesi. Briefing Paper, August 2018.

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  • Trade Update 2017: Out of the Shadows, by Paul Holtom and Irene Pavesi. September 2017.

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  • Trade Update 2016: Transfers and Transparency, by Irene Pavesi. June 2016.

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  • Following the Thread: Arms and Ammunition Tracing in Sudan and South Sudan, by Jonah Leff and Emile LeBrun, May 2014. Working Paper No. 32. (Also in Arabic)

  • Small Arms of the Indian State: A Century of Procurement and Production, January 2014. India Armed Violence Assessment Issue Brief No. 4 (also available in Hindi).

  • Legacies of War in the Company of Peace: Firearms in Nepal, May 2013. Nepal Armed Violence Assessment Issue Brief No. 2 (also available in Nepali).

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  • Small Arms Transfers: Importing States, November 2011. Research Note No. 12, Weapons and Markets (also available in Catalan and Spanish).

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  • Small Arms Transfers: Exporting States, October 2011. Research Note No. 11, Weapons and Markets (also available in Catalan and Spanish).

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  • Scraping the Barrel: The Trade in Surplus Ammunition, April 2011. Issue Brief No. 2.

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  • Skirting the Law: Post-CPA Arms Flows to Sudan, by Mike Lewis, September 2009. Working Paper No. 18 (also available in Arabic)

  • Trading Life, Trading Death: The Flow of Small Arms from Mozambique to Malawi, by Gregory Mthembu-Salter, January 2009. Working Paper No. 6

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  • Buying the Bullet: Authorized Small Arms Ammunition Transfers, by  Anne-Kathrin Glatz, 2006. In Stéphanie Pézard and Holger Anders, eds. Targeting Ammunition: A Primer.

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  • Targeting Ammunition: A Primer, edited by Stéphanie Pézard and Holger Anders, co-published with CICS, GRIP, SEESAC, and Viva Rio, June 2006.

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Other Publications

  • Solmirano, Carina and Pieter D. Wezeman. 2010. Military Spending and Arms Procurement in the Gulf States. SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) Fact Sheet. October. Stockholm: SIPRI. 

  • Karp, Aaron. 2006.  Escaping Reuterswärd’s shadow. Contemporary Security Policy, Vol. 27, No. 1. April, pp. 12-28.

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  • Schroeder, Matthew, Dan Smith, and Rachel Stohl. 2006. The Small Arms Trade: A Beginner's Guide. London: Oneworld Publications

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