The global market for small arms and light weapons has almost tripled in 2009 compared to 2006 to $ 8.5 billion per year, announced Monday the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva in its report "Small Arms Survey 2012."
In 2006, the legal trade in small arms and light weapons, as well as parts, accessories and ammunition amounted to $ 3 billion, according to the report presented Monday at the UN.
The development of small arms trade is explained by two factors: the increase in demand in the United States and the acquisition of weapons for the military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 2009, the main exporters of small arms were the United States, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Austria, Japan, Switzerland, Russia, France, South Korea, Belgium and Italy, according to customs statistics analyzed by the authors.
The main importers of small arms and light weapons were the United States, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Canada, Germany and France.