Strategic Goods Export Permits Granted to Government End Users in Countries Regarded as "Not Free" by Freedom House

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From: Scott

Dear Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

Hope you're well. This request relates to strategic goods export permits.

I request, dated from the beginning of 2018 to the end of 2020, the following data:

• End user
• Application #
• Permit Type
• Permit #
• Date permit granted
• Description of export
• NZSGL identifier

For all strategic goods export permits granted to law enforcement, military or other government end users in the following 10 countries:

1. Saudi Arabia
2. China
3. Laos
4. UAE
5. Viet Nam
6. Russia
7. Oman
8. Thailand
9. Turkey
10. Hong Kong SAR

Yours faithfully,


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Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade


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New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade | Manatū Aorere


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Just a note for anyone who wants to follow this request along: The 10 countries listed above are nine countries labelled "Not Free" in the Freedom House Freedom in the World report, plus Hong Kong. Over the 2018 to 2020 period MFAT approved 243 strategic goods export permits to end users in these countries. This is a follow up to this OIA request:

Strategic goods exports to two of these countries, Saudia Arabia and the UAE, has been the subject of recent media coverage:

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade


Kia ora Scott

Thank you for your OIA request, this email confirms receipt and advises that your request has been sent to the appropriate division for response.

Please note that our response letter to you (with your personal details redacted), and any enclosed documents, may be published on the Ministry’s website.

Ngā mihi

Executive Services Division
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade | Manatū Aorere

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