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New Import Restrictions on Archaeological and Ethnological Material from Two Countries

Friday, February 07, 2020
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has imposed emergency import restrictions on certain archaeological and ethnological material from the Republic of Yemen. These restrictions will remain in effect until Sept. 11, 2024, unless renewed. Categories of materials subject to these restrictions include the following.

- stone architectural elements, non-architectural relief sculpture, statuary, vessels and containers, furniture, tools and weapons, jewelry, seals, and beads

- metal non-architectural relief sculpture, statuary, vessels and containers, furniture, tools and instruments, weapons and armor, jewelry, seals and stamps, coins, and ceremonial and religious items

- ceramic and clay architectural elements, non-architectural relief sculpture, statuary, and vessels

- glass, faience, and semi-precious stone architectural elements, vessels, beads, and jewelry

- painting

- plaster

- textiles, including clothing, rugs, baskets, woven mats, nets, and ropes

- leather, parchment, and paper books and manuscripts, items for personal adornment, saddles and saddle bags, and bags

- wood, bone, ivory, shell, and other organics architectural and non-architectural relief sculpture, statuary and figurines, furniture, personal ornaments, objects of daily use, ceremonial and religious items, inlays, and seals and stamps

CBP has also imposed import restrictions on the following types of archaeological material from Jordan, which will expire Feb. 1, 2025, unless extended.

- stone architectural elements, mosaics, architectural and non-architectural relief sculptures, monuments, statuary, figurines, sepulchers, vessels and containers, furniture, tablets and ostraca, tools and weapons, jewelry, and seals and stamps

- ceramic architectural elements, figurines, models, vessels, lamps, seals and sealings, tablets, ostraca, objects of daily use, and sepulchers

- metal statuary, reliefs, inscribed or decorated sheet, vessels and containers, jewelry, seals, tools, weapons and armor, lamps, and coins

- bone, ivory, shell, and other organic material statuary and figurines, reliefs, plaques, stelae, inlays, jewelry, seals and stamps, vessels and luxury objects, tools, and manuscripts

- glass, faience, and semi-precious stone architectural elements, vessels and containers, jewelry, and lamps

- painting and plaster, including rock art, wall paining, stucco, jewelry, and figurines

- textiles, basketry, and rope

- wood jewelry, personal items, and containers

- leather

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