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Bringing, sending or transporting works of art, antiques, archive holdings as well as other archival material and other cultural goods abroad

For the export of cultural property from Germany, you need a permit if they exceed certain age or value limits. Cultural assets are e.B works of art, archival material, manuscripts, antiques such as furniture, musical instruments or jewelry, archaeological objects. The financial value of the cultural object relevant for the approval requirement is the price paid within the last 3 years for a purchase or sale, in other cases a justified domestic estimate at the time of application.

Such authorisation may be applied for at the competent authority. A distinction is made between permanent and temporary exports.

You apply for permission to export cultural goods in writing to the competent authority of the federal state in which the cultural object is located at the time of application. If you are a legal entity, your head office in Germany is decisive for local jurisdiction.

Variants of the application:

  • Export licence for one-off export (permanent or temporary) from the Federal Republic of Germany to a third country (Regulation (EC) No 116/2009): authorisation is required from certain age and value limits (Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 116/2009) and is only granted under certain conditions, legal entitlement if conditions are met; Authority determines the period of validity of the export licence (up to one year) and the re-import period (up to five years).
  • Export licence for one-off export (permanent or temporary) from the Federal Republic of Germany to a Member State of the European Union (§ 24 para. 1 no. 2 Cultural Property Protection Act): Approval is required from certain age and value limits (§ 24 para. 2 Cultural Property Protection Act) and is only granted under certain conditions, legal entitlement if conditions are met; Authority determines the period of validity of the export licence (up to one year) and the re-import period (up to five years). The authorisation requirement pursuant to § 24 (1) no. 2 of the Cultural Property Protection Act does not apply if the cultural property can only be proven to be temporarily in Germany for up to 2 years; this does not apply to cultural property unlawfully imported or previously exported without the necessary authorisation.
  • Export permit for repeated export (temporarily) from the Federal Republic of Germany to third countries or in Member States of the European Union: general (§ 25 Cultural Property Protection Act) or specific (§ 26 Cultural Property Protection Act) open permit: Permit is only granted under certain conditions, granting is at the discretion of the authority (no legal claim)
Database of protected cultural goods

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

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