With an amendment to the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance, the Federal Government is introducing so-called “post-shipment controls”. In future, the export of war weapons such as machine guns and certain other firearms to third countries will be subsequently controlled on the spot in the recipient country.
Receipt of arms in third countries to be controlled
The aim of the post-shipment controls is to check whether the weapons delivered are still available in the recipient country at the end user specified in the end-use certificate. The recipient in the country of destination must then already agree to post-shipment controls during the approval procedure in the end-use certificate. The regulation is initially to be implemented in a pilot phase for”small arms and light weapons”. The first checks are to be carried out before the end of this year.Your lawyer for export control and foreign trade law can be reached here.