National Reports on the Implementation of the PoA and ITI by Customs and the Armed Forces, 2010 and 2008
National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:
The Government of Malta is committed to a policy not to manufacture arms or any other weapons. Article 3 of the Arms Act (2006) prohibits the manufacturing of arms. Under current Maltese legislation, the import, export and transit and transshipment of small arms and light weapons are subject to import and export license in accordance with the Importation Control Regulation (Legal Notice 242 of 2004) as amended by Legal Notices 341 of 2004 and 230 of 2005 and the Military Equipment (Export control) Regulation. Stockpile management is under the responsibility of the Armed Forces and the Police. No other bodies are permitted to posses and use firearms.
National Marking Practices
Marking at the time of import:
Marking of SALW in the possession of government
armed and security forces:
With respect to national markings, the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) (as one of the entities in Malta authorised to hold Small Arms and Light Weapons on ledger charge) as a matter of policy does not introduce specific markings to its held stocks or imports of SALW but all weapons are carefully controlled through their manufacturer’s serial number on delivery and subsequently periodically at unit level. The AFM also issues end user certificates for weapons procured by the Force in accordance with standard international practice.
Measures against the removal or alteration of markings:
Accurate and comprehensive records for all marked SALW
within their territory:
With respect to its own stocks of SALW, the AFM ensures that accurate and comprehensive records are established and maintained.
Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests:
Operational Informaton Exchange:
Needs and Request for Assistance::
Implementation challenges and opportunities:
One of the greatest challenges faced by border control officials lies in the possible identification of smuggled goods within legitimate cargo or being carried by individuals when moving from one country to another. Information exchange between international enforcement agencies is, hence, an essential element in addressing these challenges. More work could be done in this area. Furthermore shipping documentation presented to border control agencies should really reflect the proper shipper and consignee of goods. This would enable better control of goods such as SALW’s while facilitating expeditious transfer of legitimate goods.