Successful information exchange with police services on export control

  • June 6, 2019

On 6 June, the department organized an information session on export control of strategic goods for police services. Forty police officers participated.

In addition to the general picture of how the control of international trade in strategic goods is organized in Flanders, the session elaborated on those elements where police officers are regularly confronted with. Questions about activities with and trade in civilian firearms were extensively addressed. And this not only concerning the regulations for hunting or shooting abroad (sports and recreational), but also concerning the sale of weapons or ammunition by arms dealers to other arms dealers outside Belgium.

The subject of "supervision and inspection" was also discussed. Options for closer cooperation between the police on the one hand and the Strategic Goods Control Unit on the other were discussed. The importance of information exchange and regular consultation was emphasized.

The attendees experienced the practical and interactive approach to the information session as very positive. The possibility for new sessions will be examined in order to continue to facilitate the cooperation between the police and the department.

Strategic Goods Control Unit