The Netherlands is a transit country, also for the arms trade. This means that weapons are sometimes in Dutch territory for a short while before they find their way to other countries. At the moment the Dutch government uses a permit obligation for the transit of goods that are not from or going to a EU or NATO member state and certain other countries. In practice this means that weapons from so called “friendly nations” are not checked, as it is assumed the country concerned has already done this.
PAX calls for a stricter Dutch weapons transit and export policy and is a strong advocate of a strong, all encompassing and legally binding international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).