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Post-shipment Control Measures: European Approaches to On-site Inspections of Exported Military Materiel

Post-shipment Control Measures: European Approaches to On-site Inspections of Exported Military Materiel
Publisher: SIPRI
December, 2020

Post-shipment on-site inspections of exported military materiel enable an exporting country to verify that the materiel is still present in the country of destination and in the possession of the authorized end user. An increasing number of European countries are conducting on-site inspections, or are considering or planning to adopt such measures. A wide range of multilateral organizations already include the implementation of on-site inspections as part of their guidance documents.

This SIPRI Background Paper provides an overview of the current state of implementation as regards on-site inspections of exported military materiel by different European countries. It highlights common sensitive issues related to the implementation of on-site inspections, maps the on-site inspection policies and practices of a selection of European countries, and provides recommendations for how the European Union could play a role in promoting such practices.

Contents

I. Introduction

II. On-site inspections, sensitivities and multilateral guidance

III. European case studies of on-site inspections

IV. The role of the EU in promoting on-site inspections

V. Conclusions

ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)/EDITORS

Dr Andrea Edoardo Varisco is the Acting Director of the SIPRI Dual-Use and Arms Trade Control Programme.
Lucile Robin is a Research Assistant in SIPRI’s Dual-Use and Arms Trade Control Programme.
Kolja Brockmann is a Researcher in the SIPRI Dual-Use and Arms Trade Control programme.