'Netherlands leaves weapons transshipments undisturbed'

RNW, 17 Jan 2011 - Most arms transshipments are rubberstamped by the Dutch authorities because they do not want to repeat the inspections carried out by allied nations, making the obligatory Dutch inspection of arms transshipments a meaningless formality.

These statements are made by Campagne tegen Wapenhandel (Dutch Campaign against the Arms Trade) in a report to be published on Monday. The organisation claims that 98 percent of all transshipments are never inspected because they originate in, or are destined for allied nations, which include EU member states, NATO allies, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
According to CtW, shipments of arms and munitions which would never be eligible for an export licence under Dutch export criteria, are being transshipped to controversial destinations without any questions asked.