This Update provides an overview of the international trade in small arms and light weapons in 2013.
The first section of the Update reports on the total values and main categories of small arms¹ transferred by top and major exporters and importers. This section also assesses changes in trade patterns from 2012 to 2013.
The second section presents the 2016 edition of the Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer, whose methodology and sourcing have been revised. As explained below, the Barometer now includes a new source—the Regional Report on Arms Exports, prepared by of the South Eastern and Eastern Europe...
The analysis of authorized transfers is based on the financial value of small arms.² import and export activities registered at customs and reported by states to the United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database (UN Comtrade), as compiled by the Norwegian Initiative on Small Arms Transfers (NISAT, n.d.).³ Based on this data, top and major exporters (countries exporting at least USD 10 million in small arms annually) accounted for USD 5.8 billion worth of small arms exports in 2013. This figure represents a 17 per cent increase over the 2012 value, when USD 5 billion worth of small arms was traded...
This section presents the 2016 edition of the Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer. The Barometer assesses the transparency of top and major exporters—states that are believed to have exported at least USD 10 million worth of small arms and light weapons, including their parts, accessories, and ammunition, for at least one calendar year since 2001.
The assessment is based on information gathered from the following sources:
national arms export reports;⁵
the UN Register of Conventional Arms (UN Register);
and UN Comtrade (NISAT, n.d.).
The Barometer measures the provision of arms export information, but it does not verify the provision...