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1. Does your State maintain a national system for controlling or regulating:

[ Articles 3, 4, 5.2, 8, 9, and 10 ]

Export Yes
Import Yes
Transit / Transshipment by land No
Transit / Transshipment by sea No
Transit / Transshipment by air No
Brokering Yes
2. For which activities does your State maintain a national control list of conventional arms:

[ Articles 2.2 and 5.2 ]

Export No
Import No
Transit / Transshipment No
Brokering No
3. Does your national control list cover the following:

[ Articles 2.1, 3, 4, and 5.2 ]

Battle tanks [Article 2.1] No
Armored combat vehicles [Article 2.1] No
Large-caliber artillery systems [Article 2.1] No
Combat aircraft [Article 2.1] No
Attack helicopters [Article 2.1] No
Warships [Article 2.1] No
Missiles and missile launchers [Article 2.1] No
Small arms and light weapons [Article 2.1] No
Ammunition / Munitions for the above items [Article 3] No
Parts and components requiring control for the above items [Article 4] No
4. Is/are your national control list(s) publicly available?

[ Article 5.3 ]

1) If yes, please provide a copy or link to where your control list is made publicly available 2) If no, please provide a copy of your control list or provide information on the additional items that are covered No
4a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
N/A, as it is not yet incorporated into domestic legislation
5. Are the controlled items defined?

[ Article 5.3 ]

1) if yes, which definition(s) do you use? (e.g. Wassenaar, United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, National definitions, etc.) No
1. Is the control of arms exports established in national legislation?

[ Article 5.5 ]

Yes
1a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
Although, Trinidad and Tobago is currently not a manufacturer of firearms, ammunition and /or parts and components, exports in the domestic context is addressed in section 21C and 33 of the Firearms Act (1970). Section 16 of the Firearms Regulations and Form 14 of the First Schedule of the Regulations issues a “Take Firearms Abroad” Permit.
2. Which Ministry/ies or government agency/ies is/are responsible for implementing controls on arms exports?

[ Article 5.5 ]

Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) Customs and Excise Division
3. Which Ministry or agency leads this process?

[ Article 5.5 ]

Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS)
4. Does your State take measures to ensure that all authorizations are detailed and issued prior to export?

[ Article 7.5 ]

If yes, what measures does your State take to ensure that all authorizations are detailed and issued prior to export? Yes
Under Section 16 of the Firearms Regulations and Form 14 of the First Schedule of the Regulations, a “Take Firearms Abroad” Permit is issued prior to export
5. Can your State reassess an authorization if your State becomes aware of new and relevant information?

[ Article 7.7 ]

Yes
5a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
6. Does your State maintain records of arms export authorizations?

[ Article 12.1 ]

Yes
6a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
7. For how many years are records maintained?

[ Articles 12.1 and 12.4 ]

No stipulated timeframe is given in the Firearms Act of 1970
8. What information do the records contain?

[ Article 12.3 ]

Quantity Yes
Value No
Model / Type Yes
Importing State Yes
End-User No
Other (specify below) No
8a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
9. Does your State maintain records of actual arms exports?

[ Article 12.1 ]

Yes
9a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
10. For how many years are records maintained?

[ Articles 12.1 and 12.4 ]

No stipulated time frame is given in the Firearms Act (197)
11. What information do the records contain?

[ Article 12.3 ]

Quantity Yes
Value No
Model/ Type Yes
Importing State Yes
End-User No
Transit/ transshipment State(s) No
Other (specify below) No
Information is taken from Form 14 of the Firearms Regulations
12. Please provide any other information on export practices you would like to share.
1. Is the regulation of arms imports established in national legislation?

[ Article 8.2 ]

Yes
1a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
Section 31-34 of the Firearms Act of 1970
2. Which Ministry/ies or government agency/ies is/are responsible for regulating arms imports?

[ Article 5.5 ]

Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) and Customs and Excise Division
3. Which Ministry or agency leads this process?

[ Article 5.5 ]

Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), in particular, the Commissioner of Police (CoP)
4. What measures does your State take to regulate imports?

[ Article 8.1 ]

The Firearms Act (1970) outlines that persons using/dealing in firearms must obtain the relevant license prior to obtaining import permits, which are mandatory. These licenses and permits must be obtained from the Commissioner of Police (TTPS). The Firearms Registry documents and issues the import permits and in conjunction with the Customs and Excise Division, they verify that the imported firearm corresponds with the information on the import permit, thereby ensuring accountability and transparency.
5. Does your State have measures in place to ensure that appropriate and relevant information is available to exporting States as part of their export assessment process?

[ Articles 8.1 and 11.3 ]

No
5a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
6. Does your State maintain records of arms imports?

[ Article 12.2 ]

Yes
6a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
7. For how many years are records maintained?

[ Articles 12.2 and 12.4 ]

No stipulated time frame is given in the Firearms Act of 1970
8. What information do the records contain?

[ Article 12.3 ]

Quantity Yes
Value No
Model / type Yes
Exporting State Yes
Transit / transshipment State(s) No
Other (please specify below) Yes
Caliber and barrel length. Trinidad and Tobago records manufacturer and country of manufacturer as well.
9. Please provide any other information on import practices you would like to share.
1. Is the regulation of transit and/or transshipment established in national legislation?

[ Article 9 ]

If yes, please provide the definition of transit and/or transshipment in your national legislation No
1a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
This item is being considered for inclusion into domestic legislation, which is currently being reviewed and updated
2. Which Ministry/ies or government agency/ies is/are responsible for regulating arms transit and/or transshipment?

[ Article 5.5 ]

N/A at the moment
3. Which Ministry or agency leads this process?

[ Article 5.5 ]

N/A at the moment
4. What measures does your State take to regulate transit and/or transshipment under its jurisdiction?

[ Article 9 ]

N/A at the moment
5. Does your State maintain records of arms that are authorized to transit and/or transship territory under its jurisdiction?

[ Articles 12.2 and 12.4 ]

No
5a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
6. For how many years are records maintained?

[ Article 12.4 ]

N/A
7. What information do the records contain?

[ Article 12.3 ]

Quantity No
Value No
Model / Type No
Exporting State No
Importing State No
Transit / Transshipment No
End-User No
Other (please specify below) No
7a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
8. Please provide any other information on transit and/or transshipment practices you would like to share.
1. Is the regulation of arms brokering established in national legislation?

[ Article 10 ]

If yes, please provide the definition of brokering used in your national legislation No
1a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
The issue of brokering is dealt with in various sections throughout the Firearms Act (1970) within the framework of “Dealers”. The Interpretation Section of the Firearms Act of 1970 refers to ‘Dealers’, which is a licensed authority to buy or sell or buy and sell at such place, as may be specified in the license, firearms or ammunition of such type as may be so specified.
2. Which Ministry/ies or government agency/ies is/are responsible for implementing controls on arms brokering?

[ Article 5.5 ]

Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS)
3. Which Ministry or agency leads this process?

[ Article 5.5 ]

Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS)
4. Does your State take measures to regulate brokering taking place under your jurisdiction?

[ Article 10 ]

If yes, what measures does your State take to regulate brokering taking place under your jurisdiction? No
Although, brokering in the strict sense is not an activity that is carried out within Trinidad and Tobago’s jurisdiction; legislation provides for Dealers and their related activities. Section 26 of the Firearms Act (1970) outlines the following activities taken to regulate dealers as follows: (a) a dealer shall provide and keep a register of all transactions and (b) entries into the register must be made within twenty-four (24) hours after the transaction took place. Every licensed dealer shall on demand allow any police officer duly authorised to enter and inspect all stock on hand and further produce their register for inspection
5. Please provide any other information on brokering practices you would like to share.
N/A
1. Does your State prohibit transfers of conventional arms:

[ Article 6 ]

If the transfer would violate obligations under measures adopted by the United Nations Security Council acting under Chapter VII, in particular arms embargoes? [Article 6.1] Yes
If the transfer would violate relevant international obligations under international agreements to which you are a party, in particular those relating to the transfer of, or illicit trafficking in, conventional arms? [Article 6.2] Yes
If you have knowledge at the time of authorization that the arms or items covered by your State's legislation would be used in the commission of genocide, crimes against humanity, grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions of 1949, attacks directed against civilian objects or civilians protected as such, or other war crimes as defined by international agreements to which you are a party? [Article 6.3] Yes
1a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
  • United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime (UN TOC) – Firearms Protocol
  • United Nations Programme of Action (UN PoA) to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in All Its Aspects
  • Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Related Materials (CIFTA) – Organization of American States (OAS)
2. Please provide a list of the relevant international agreements to which you are a party.

[ Articles 6.2 and 6.3 ]

3. Please provide any other information on prohibitions you would like to share.
1. Does your State always conduct a risk assessment prior to authorization of an arms export?

[ Article 7.1 ]

If no, please specify under which conditions a risk assessment is not required. No
Currently, Trinidad and Tobago does not conduct risk assessments prior to exports/transfers
1a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
2. Does your State require that the following criteria are included in your national assessment prior to granting an export authorization?

[ Article 7.1 ]

Whether the arms would contribute to or undermine peace and security?
Whether the arms could be used to commit or facilitate a serious violation of international humanitarian law?
Whether the arms could be used to commit or facilitate a serious violation of international human rights law?
Whether the arms could be used to commit or facilitate an act constituting an offence under international conventions or protocols relating to terrorism to which your State is a party?
Whether the arms could be used to commit or facilitate an act constituting an offence under international conventions or protocols relating to transnational organized crime to which your State is a party?
2a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
N/A
3. Are additional criteria considered in addition to the above prior to authorizing a transfer:

[ Articles 7.4 and 11.2 ]

Risk of diversion
Acts of gender based violence
Other (please specify below)
3a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
N/A
4. Does your State consider risk mitigation measures as part of its authorizations process?

[ Article 7.2 ]

If yes, what mitigation measures does your State consider (i.e. confidence building measures or jointly developed and agreed programs)?
4a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
N/A
5. Please provide any other information on risk assessment and/or mitigation practices you would like to share.
1. Does your State take preventative measures to mitigate the risk of diversion?

[ Article 11.2 ]

If yes, what preventative measures does your State take to mitigate the risk of diversion? Yes
Stockpile Management and Firearms Destruction Measures Cooperation with International Partners
2. Does your State cooperate and exchange information with States to mitigate the risk of diversion?

[ Article 11.3 ]

Yes
2a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
3. Does your State take appropriate measures when it detects a diversion of transferred conventional arms?
If yes, what appropriate measures does your State take when it detects a diversion of transferred conventional arms? No
To date, there has been no evidence of conventional arms being diverted
4. Is your State willing to share information on effective measures to address diversion?
If yes, what information is your State willing to share? Yes
Confidence-building mechanisms, implemented programs such as stockpile management, jointly developed programs with other States, export and import licensing/authorization systems, parties involved in exports and any other relevant information/ requests.
1. Which agency/ies is/are responsible for enforcing arms transfer controls?

[ Article 5.5 ]

Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS)
2. Which Ministry or agency leads this process?

[ Article 5.5 ]

Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS)
3. What measures does your State take to enforce national laws and regulations that implement the provisions of the Treaty?

[ Article 14 ]

4. Please provide any other information on enforcement practices you would like to share.
1. Will your State provide an initial report within one year of entry into force on measures undertaken in order to implement the ATT?

[ Article 13.1 ]

Yes
1a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
2. Does your State produce an annual report on:

[ Article 13.3 ]

Authorized arms exports Yes
Authorized arms imports Yes
Actual arms exports Yes
Actual arms imports Yes
2a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
United Nations Register on Conventional Arms (UNROCA)
3. Are there legal impediments to the reporting requirements under the ATT?

[ Article 13.3 ]

No
3a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
4. Can your State report on measures taken to address the diversion of transferred conventional arms?

[ Article 13.2 ]

Yes
4a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
5. Has your State designated a national contact point for the ATT?

[ Article 5.6 ]

No
5a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
6. Please provide any other information on transparency practices you would like to share.
1. Is your State involved in cooperation measures that will help to implement the ATT?

[ Article 15.1 ]

Yes
1a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
2. Is your State currently involved in:

[ Articles 15 ]

Exchange of information on conventional arms transfers [Articles 15.2 and 15.3] Do not know
Cooperative measures to prevent diversion [Article 15.4] Do not know
Widest measures of assistance in investigations, prosecutions and judicial proceedings [Article 15.5] Do not know
Measures to prevent corruption [Article 15.6] Do not know
Development of best practices and lessons learned [Article 15.7] Do not know
2a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
3. Does your State intend to pursue cooperation in:

[ Article 15 ]

Exchange of information on conventional arms transfers [Article 15.1, 15.2, and 15.3] Yes
Cooperative measures to prevent diversion [Article 15.4] Yes
Widest measure of assistance in investigations, prosecutions and judicial proceedings [Article 15.5] Yes
Measures to prevent corruption [Article 15.6] Yes
Development of best practices and lessons learned [Article 15.7] Yes
3a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
1. Does your State require assistance to implement the provisions of the Arms Trade Treaty?

[ Article 16.1 ]

Yes
2. Does your State require:

[ Article 16.1 ]

Legal assistance Yes
Legislative assistance, including model legislation Yes
Assistance for institution building Yes
Technical assistance Yes
Financial assistance Yes
Material assistance Yes
Stockpile management assistance No
Disarmament, demobilization, or reintegration assistance No
Assistance with effective practices for implementation Yes
Other (please specify below) No
3. Is your State in a position to provide assistance to other States to enable implementation of the provisions of the Arms Trade Treaty?

[ Articles 16.1, 16.2, and 16.3 ]

If yes, please answer question 4. If no, please go straight to question 5. No
3a. Details / reference / web link / additional comments
4. Is your State in a position to provide:

[ Article 16.1 ]

Legal assistance No
Legislative assistance, including model legislation No
Assistance for institution building No
Technical assistance No
Financial assistance No
Material assistance No
Stockpile management assistance No
Disarmament, demobilization, or reintegration assistance No
Assistance with effective practices for implementation No
Other (please specify below) No
5. Please provide information on any additional needs required to implement the ATT, particularly with regard to legal, licensing, customs, awareness raising and enforcement of sanctions, reporting, and transparency

[ Articles 16.1 and 16/2 ]

6. Please provide information on any specific assistance programs that your State has provided that may help others implement the ATT, particularly with regard to legal, licensing, customs, awareness raising and enforcement of sanctions, reporting, and transparency

[ Articles 16.1 and 16.2 ]

N/A
7. Please provide information on specific assistance your State has received through the United Nations, international, regional, subregional or national organizations, non-governmental organizations, or on a bilateral basis that could be considered relevant for ATT implementation

[ Article 16.2 ]

N/A
1. Has your State already signed the Arms Trade Treaty?
Yes
2. Has your State already ratified the Arms Trade Treaty?
Yes
3. Is your State preparing to sign the Arms Trade Treaty in the next two years?
N/A
4. Is your State preparing to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty in the next two years?
N/A
5. Will/Has your State forumalted one or more reservations upon ratification?

[ Article 25.1 ]

If yes, please provide a description of your reservation(s). No
6. Please provide any other information you would like to share.

http://www.foreign.gov.tt/news/2013/jun/5/honourable-winston-dookeran-signs-arms-trade-treat/