Background

Effective June 16, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has imposed import restrictions on certain archaeological and ethnological material from Turkey. Categories of materials subject to these restrictions, which will remain in effect until March 24, 2026, unless extended, include the following.

- stone sculpture, vessels, tools and weapons, seals and stamps, and jewelry and beads

- metal sculpture, vessels, jewelry and personal adornment, tools, weapons and armor, seals and stamps, ceremonial objects, musical instruments, and coins

- ceramic, terracotta, and faience sculpture, vessels, objects of daily use, seals, stamps, tablets, and Islamic period tiles

- bone, ivory and other organic material statuary and figurines, objects of daily use, seals and stamps, and weapons and tools

- wood architectural elements, objects of daily use, tools and weapons, and ships and other vehicles

- glass architectural elements, vessels, and beads and jewelry

- plaster and stucco containers, pedestals, wall murals or paintings, and vessels and containers

- textile clothing, clothing fragments, carpets, flags or banners, wall hanging, blankets, and items used during religious practice

- leather, parchment, and paper

- rock art, painting, and drawing

- mosaics

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