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Imports of Archaeological and Ecclesiastical Material from Bulgaria Now Restricted

Thursday, January 16, 2014
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a final rule that, effective Jan. 15, amends the agency’s regulations to reflect the imposition of import restrictions on certain archaeological and ecclesiastical ethnological material from Bulgaria. This rule also contains the designated list that describes the types of materials to which the restrictions apply, which include objects of:

- stone (sculpture, reliefs, vessels, tools, instruments, weapons, seals and beads);

- metal (sculpture, boxes, reliefs, ceremonial paraphernalia, vessels, personal ornaments, tools, weapons and armor, and coins);

- ceramic (sculpture and vessels);

- bone, ivory, horn and other organics (statuary, personal ornaments, seals and stamps);

- wood;

- glass and faience (vessels and beads);

- paintings and mosaics;

- textile (robes, vestments and altar clothes); and

- parchment.

According to information on the State Department’s Web site, no restricted materials exported from a country party to a cultural property protection agreement with the U.S. may be imported into the U.S. without an export permit issued by that country or other documentation showing that it left the country of origin prior to the imposition of restrictions. Such import restrictions are applicable even if the material is imported into the U.S. from a country other than the country of origin. Import restrictions do not apply to the subject material if it is documented as being outside of the country of origin at the time the restrictions became effective in the U.S.

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