Module 9 – Regulating Transit and Trans-shipment

Under the Arms Trade Treaty the regulation of transit and the trans-shipment of conventional arms, as well as corresponding ammunition/munitions and parts and components, is a vital aspect of meeting the Object and Purpose of the Treaty.

In accordance with Article 9 State Parties must “take appropriate measures” to regulate the transit/trans-shipment of conventional arms through their territory “where necessary and feasible” and “in accordance with relevant international law.” States that allow goods to transit through their customs territory already take a number of measures to control and address potential problems associated with the movement of goods through their jurisdiction.

This Module therefore outlines ways that State Parties can interpret and implement Article 9 in accordance with their other overlapping obligations under the Treaty and with other relevant obligations in international agreements on transit and trans-shipment to which they are a party.

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