Exportation of Military Equipment
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Exportation of Military Equipment

The Military Equipment (Export Control) Regulations, SL365.13 as amended by Legal Notice 195 of 2020​ provide for the issue of export authorizations in relation to arms, weapons, ammunition, explosives, toxicological agents and other military equipment, including military vehicles, vessels of war, aircraft and electronic equipment. A list of military equipment which require an export authorization may be found in the Schedule to these regulations. The EU Common Military list​​​​ is the more updated list. The regulations extend controls to transits and to brokering activities related to the transfer of arms and other military equipment from any country (outside Malta) to any other country.

In line with the EU approach, arms exports are assessed against eight far-reaching risk assessment criteria relating to the risk of human rights and humanitarian law violations, the risk of diversion, the risk of internal or regional instability. These are set out in the EU Common Position  on Arms Export Controls 2008/944/CFSP.

As in the case of the Dual-Use Items (Export Control) Regulations, exporters of military equipment are bound under penalty to provide all necessary information when applying for an authorization, and to comply with any conditions or requirements imposed on the authorization.

On the other hand, the regulations do not apply to exports of military equipment by the Armed Forces of Malta under certain special circumstances (e.g. in relation to certain military operations such as peace-keeping operations, distress and emergency situations and international military competitions) and for purposes of repair or testing of such military equipment. 

Application for authorisation is done electronically, whilst enquiries can be directed to controlledgoods.@gov.mt​ or 21.226.668. Detailed information on the application and licensing procedures can be found in the links below.


Guidelines on how to fill the application for the export of militar​y equipment  

Last Update 27 June 2022