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Exporters

Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Italy, the Russian Federation, South Korea, Switzerland, and the United States of America routinely report annual exports of small arms, light weapons, their parts, accessories, and ammunition worth USD 100 million or more.

Between 2001 and 2013, the Survey has documented 12 other governments that have exported USD 100 million or more in small arms at least once: Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Israel, Japan, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

At least 30 other exporters have transferred small arms, light weapons, their parts, accessories, and ammunition, worth USD 10 million in at least one calendar year between 2001 and 2013. They are:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Iran
  • Ivory Coast
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • North Korea


  • Pakistan
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • South Africa
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates

In 2013 Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United States reported exports of small arms, light weapons, their parts, accessories, and ammunition worth USD 100 million or more.

In the same year, the following 24 exporters transferred small arms, light weapons, their parts, accessories, and ammunition, worth USD 10 million:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Cyprus
  • Finland
  • France
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Mexico
  • Norway
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom

For additional information on annual authorized small arms and light weapons exports and imports by major exporter and importer (annual transfers of at least USD 10 million) as reported in UN Comtrade, see Trade Update 2016: Transfers and Transparency.

Note: This data, which does not reflect transfers to and from all countries, excludes trade in many categories of light weapons ammunition and light weapons systems, including portable guided missiles.

Small Arms Survey Publications

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

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  • 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).

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  • The US Firearms Industry: Production and Supply, by Jurgen Brauer, February 2013. Working Paper No. 14.

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  • Assessing Transparency in Small Arms Exports: The Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer, August 2012. Research Note No. 20, Weapons and Markets.

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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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  • Small Arms in Brazil: Production, Trade, and Holdings, by Pablo Dreyfus, Benjamin Lessing, Marcelo de Sousa Nascimento, and Júlio Cesar Purcena, a joint publication of Viva Rio, ISER, and the Small Arms Survey, September 2010. Special Report No. 11

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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)

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  • A Guide to the US Small Arms Market, Industry, and Exports, by Tamar Gabelnick, Maria Haug, and Lora Lumpe, September 2006. Occasional Paper No. 19

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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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  • Beyond the Kalashnikov: Small Arms Production, Exports, and Stockpiles in the Russian Federation, by Maxim Pyadushkin with Maria Haug and Anna Matveeva, August 2003. Occasional Paper No. 10

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  • Making Global Public Policy: The Case of Small Arms and Light Weapons, by Edward Laurence and Rachel Stohl, December 2002. Occasional Paper No. 7

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  • Small Arms Availability, Trade, and Impacts in the Republic of Congo, commissioned by IOM and the UNDP, by Spyros Demetriou, Robert Muggah and Ian Biddle, April 2002. Special Report No. 2

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