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Image Database: Illustrations of Objects Subject to Import Restriction

List of Agreements, Emergency Actions, and Federal Register Notices

Since the United States implemented Article 9 of the 1970 UNESCO Convention under the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act in 1983, it has imposed import restrictions on archaeological or ethnological materials from six countries to assist in the protection of their cultural property. Restricted objects may enter the U.S. if accompanied by an export permit issued by the country of origin, or if appropriate documentation demonstrates that they left the country of origin prior to the date the import restriction went into effect. The withdrawal of the United States from membership in UNESCO in 1985 did not alter the commitment of the United States to carry out its obligations under the Convention.

The primary page for each country provides background information and links to any agreements, Federal Register notices, and other information related to the implementation of agreements and/or emergency actions.

Categories of archaeological and ethnological artifacts subject to import restrictions are described in the Federal Register notice for each country; import restrictions take effect on the date of its publication. Where available, illustrations for artifact categories subject to restriction are provided in the Image Database.


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