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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)

Process flow

In order to apply for a permit for the export of registered cultural property, the following steps are required:

  • Search for the competent authority for your federal state via the finder of authorities
  • Download the correct PDF form (export permit according to Regulation (EC) No. 116/2009, § 25 or § 26 cultural property protection law for export to third countries and § 24 para. 1 no. 2, § 25 or § 26 cultural property protection law for export to member states of the European Union).
  • Fill out the PDF form on your PC.
  • Printing: Export licence in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 116/2009 for export to third countries in triple numbers (the form already contains all copies), export licence in accordance with § 24 para. 1 no. 2 of the Cultural Property Protection Act for export to Member States of the European Union in two numbers. Export licences in accordance with § 25 and § 26 of the Cultural Property Protection Act in two numbers (the forms for export to
  • Third countries already contain all copies). On the forms for export to Member States of the European Union, the number of copies to be submitted is indicated at the end.
  • Sign each copy (on the form for the export permit according to § 25 of the Cultural Property Protection Act: additional stamping) and attach the necessary evidence to each copy.
  • Send to the competent authority.
  • The authority examines the application and sends two copies (export to a third country in accordance with Regulation No. 116/2009) or one copy (export to a third country in accordance with § 25 or § 26 of the Cultural Property Protection Act or export to member states of the European Union) completed, signed and sealed back to applicants (possibly with a fee notice).
  • Copy 1 is the application and remains with the authority. All other copies will be returned to applicants. When exporting to a third country in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 116/2009, the applicant must present copies 2 and 3 to the competent German customs office of export with the export declaration. The customs office of export shall complete box 26 and hand over copy 2 to the applicant (declarant). After the actual outcome, the German customs office of export shall confirm this in box 27 and return copy 3 to the authority which issued the authorisation.
  • In the event of refusal of authorisation, the applicant shall receive a written decision stating the reasons and instructions on how to appeal.
  • Government Finder

Government Finder

Who should I contact?

All export permits regarding archival material:

  • Lower Saxony State Chancellery, Department 2 Unit 201

General and specific open licences for the export of cultural property:

  • Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture, Department 3, Unit 35

Other exports according to §§ 22 and 24 KGSG of cultural property:

  • Lower Saxony State Office for the Preservation of Monuments, Department of Central Tasks

Requirements

A permit in accordance with Regulation No. 116/2009 (one-time export to a third country) or § 24 para. 1 no. 2 of the Cultural Property Protection Act (one-time export to a member state of the EU) will be granted to you.

  • if you are entitled to apply (owner or authorised third party),
  • if you have submitted the required documents and
  • if at the time of the decision there is no export ban according to § 21 No. 1, 2, 4 and 5 of the Cultural Property Protection Act.

A permit according to § 26 of the Cultural Property Protection Act (repeated export, specific permit) can be granted to you,

  • if you are entitled to apply (owner or rightful direct owner of the cultural property),
  • if you have submitted the required documents and
  • if you, as the applicant, offer the guarantee that the cultural object intended for export will be re-imported into the Federal territory in an undamaged condition and in due time.

A permit according to § 25 cultural property protection law (repeated export, general permit) can be granted to you,

  • if you are entitled to apply (an institution that preserves cultural property and regularly carries out parts of its holdings temporarily for public exhibitions, restorations or research purposes),
  • if you have submitted the required documents and
  • if you, as the applicant, offer the guarantee that the cultural object intended for export will be re-imported into the Federal territory in an undamaged condition and in due time.

Which documents are required?

  • color photography (in any case); proof of value; Loan contract (e.B. in the case of cultural goods exported for exhibition purposes); depending on the type of cultural asset: excerpt from catalogue raisonné, bibliography, catalogue.
  • Please ask the competent authority for you if you need to submit any further documents.

What are the fees?

  • Export license according to §§ 22, 24 KGSG: between 40 EUR and 2,500 EUR – depending on the time required
  • Export license according to §§ 25, 26 KGSG: free of charge

Fee: 40,00 - 2500,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No

Fee: free of charge
Payment in advance: No

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

  • Application in good time before the planned export of the cultural object, competent authority must decide within 10 working days after submission of the complete application documents.
  • Validity of the approval of Regulation (EC) No. 116/2009 and according to § 24 Abs. 1 Nr. 2 Kulturgutschutzgesetz a maximum of 1 year, according to § 25 and § 26 Kulturgutschutzgesetz a maximum of 5 years.
  • In the case of a temporary export, the authority shall determine the re-import period according to the purpose of the export.

Processing duration

different (depending on the completeness of the submitted application documents, complexity of the application)

Appeal

Administrative court action

§ 80 Lower Saxony Justice Act (NJG)

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture

competent Bodies

Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur

Address: Leibnizufer 9 , 30169 Hannover

Telephone: 0511 120-2599
Fax: 0511 120-2601
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown
Address: Planckstraße 2, 30169 Hannover

Telephone: +49 511 120-0
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown
Address: Scharnhorststr. 1, 30175 Hannover

Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Data protection information

Gemeinde Rhede (Ems) - Ordnungsamt/Gewerbe/Feuerwehrwesen

Postal address: Post Office Box 1134

Address: Gerhardyweg 1, 26899 Rhede (Ems)

Telephone: 04964 9182-19
Fax: 04964 9182-40
Transport Connection:
Parking:
Handicapped Parking Place: Number: 2, Fees: no
Parking Place: Number: 60, Fees: no
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Gemeinde Rhede (Ems)
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE08266614940000164300
recipients: Gemeinde Rhede (Ems)
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE06266500010017000019
payment methods:
Sepa Credit Transfer, Bank Transfer, Cash Payment, Sepa Direct Debit, Paypal

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Herr Holger Knak
Address: Gerhardyweg 1, 26899 Rhede (Ems)
Telephone: 04964 9182-19
Fax: 04964 9182-40
Department:
Ordnungsamt, Sozialamt, Bürgeramt, Standesamt, Gewerbeamt
Room:
19
responsible for:

Landkreis Emsland

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
BIC: GENODEF1LIG
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
BIC: NOLADE21EMS
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
BIC: PBNKDEFF250
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
Room:
605
responsible for:

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen

Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover

Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

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

Further Links

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