The Federal government has approved of 2018 almost a quarter less arms exports than in the previous year. The proceeds from the arms export report by the Federal Cabinet on Wednesday has decided.

The total value fell by 22.7 per cent: of 6.24 billion euros to 4.82 billion euros. In the case of the controversial deliveries to countries outside the European Union and Nato, the decline even amounted to nearly one-third (32.8 percent).

The government stressed that small arms should almost not be exported in this so-called third countries. The approvals declined by 97 percent from 15.1 to 0.4 million. The low value was “a clear indicator of the very restrictive licensing practices of the Federal government,” said the Ministry of economy.

The overall figures for 2018 were already announced in January, has been given. The German armaments industry had to contend with in 2018 for the third year in a row a decrease in the export permits. A growth there in 2015, then to a record level of 7,86 billion euros.

Since then, it goes downhill. The Trend has continued in the first quarter of 2019. 1. January to to 31. In March approved the Federal government supplies a value of 1.12 billion euros, that is less than 2018, on average, per quarter (€1.21 billion).

were not, However, become last weekend also Figures that indicate that the export restrictions for the Yemen war, States involved in the attack. Of the eight countries – including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – were between 1. January and 5. June, armor, goods to the value of 1.1 billion Euro delivered. This is almost as much as in the whole year of 2017, before the restrictions of the coalition entered contract in March 2018 in force.

dpa