Department for Disarmament Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:
National Marking Practices
The marking of small arms and light weapons is an integral part of their manufacture. The marking applied to a weapon provides the following information:
1. Place of manufacture;
2. Manufacturer’s name or code;
3. Lot number;
4. Serial numbers of the weapon and its components.
This information is recorded in special registers in order to facilitate the tracing of any weapon.
Marking at the time of import:
Marking of SALW in the possession of government
armed and security forces:
Measures against the removal or alteration of markings:
Accurate and comprehensive records for all marked SALW
within their territory:
All information marked on weapons is recorded in special registers in order to facilitate the tracing of any weapon.
A person holding a permit to trade in weapons shall maintain two registers: one in which the number of firearms stocked is recorded and another in which the number of firearms disposed of is recorded.
Each component of every weapon manufactured is registered.
Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests:
Operational Informaton Exchange:
Needs and Request for Assistance::
Implementation challenges and opportunities:
A priority matter for the 2008 Biennial Meeting of States is cooperation in the provision of technical assistance to States for development of their marking systems in order to prevent obliteration or alteration. States in a position to do so should fulfil their obligations by providing the necessary expertise and techniques to other States for the development of marking systems and any other necessary assistance.
Egypt participated in the meetings of the Group of Governmental Experts on Tracing Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons established by the Secretary-General in accordance with recommendations contained in General Assembly resolution 56/24 V.