The Trade Transparency Barometer

The Small Arms Trade Transparency 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 Barometer's assessment is based on information gathered from the following sources:

  • national arms export reports, including national contributions to the EU Annual Report on military equipment exports as well as submissions to the South Eastern and Eastern Europe Regional Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC) Regional Report;
  • Arms Trade Treaty initial and annual reports;
  • national reports on the implementation of the UN Programme of Action and International Tracing Instrument;
  • submissions to the UN Register of Conventional Arms (UN Register), including submissions to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE); and
  • submissions to the UN Commodity Trade Statistics Database (UN Comtrade).

The 2019 Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer identifies the most and least transparent of 49 major small arms exporters, based on their reporting of their arms-trading activities undertaken in 2016.

For a quick overview of the latest Transparency Barometer scores by country, take a look at our interactive map below.

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Interactive Map