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Import Restrictions on Archaeological Material from China, Bulgaria Extended

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has extended through Jan. 14, 2024, import restrictions on archaeological material from China and archaeological and ecclesiastical ethnological material from Bulgaria.


The restrictions apply to specified articles of the following materials.

- ceramic (vessels, sculpture, architectural decoration and molds)

- stone (jade ornaments, jewelry, weapons, tools, insignia, ceremonial paraphernalia, vessels, etc.; amber; other stone tools, weapons, sculpture, architectural elements, and musical instruments)

- metal (bronze vessels, sculpture, coins, musical instruments, tools, weapons, etc.; iron; gold; silver)

- bone, ivory, horn, and shell (vessels, seals, small-scale sculptures, personal ornaments)

- silks and textiles (garments, furniture coverings, banners)

- lacquer and wood (vessels, military gear, musical instruments, boxes, baskets, architectural elements, utensils, coffins)

- bamboo and paper

- glass (beads, tableware)

- painting and calligraphy


The restrictions apply to specified articles of the following materials.

- stone (sculpture, vessels, tools, instruments, weapons, seals, beads, architectural elements, monuments, reliefs)

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

- ceramic (sculpture, vessels)

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

- wood (architectural elements, furniture, musical instruments)

- glass and faience (vessels, beads)

- paintings and mosaics

- textile (robes, vestments, altar clothes)

- 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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