Import restrictions on archaeological materials from China extend

By | 2024-01-15T00:28:00+00:00 January 15th, 2024|Imports|

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has extended import restrictions on certain archaeological materials from China for another five years until Jan. 14, 2029.

The agreement has been extended several times since the U.S. and China first entered into it in 2009.

The Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act (CPIA)implements U.S. obligations under  the UNESCO 1970 Convention to establish import restrictions on types of objects of archaeological or ethnological significance that have been determined to be under threat of looting or pillage and put on a designated list.

In addition to China, the U.S. has agreements in place with more than two dozen other countries including Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Morocco, and Nigeria.

The agreement with China includes import restrictions on the following items:

  • Ceramics including vessels, sculpture, architectural decoration and molds
  • Jade ornaments and jewelry, weapons, tools, and insignia, ceremonial paraphernalia, vessels, and chimes
  • Amber ornaments
  • Other stone tools, weapons, sculpture, and architectural elements such as furniture fixtures and musical instruments
  • Bronze vessels, sculptures, coins, musical instruments, tools, weapons, and miscellaneous items such as furniture parts, mirrors, and belt buckles
  • Iron tools and weapons
  • Gold and silver jewelry, vessels, and other objects
  • Various items made from bone, ivory, horn, and shell
  • Silks and textiles
  • Lacquer and wooden objects
  • Bamboo and paper
  • Glass items including beads and tableware
  • Painting and calligraphy

The complete list of goods can be found in the Federal Register, and you can read the full details of the Extension of Import Restrictions Imposed on Certain Archaeological Material From China here.

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