US imposes import restrictions to protect the cultural heritage of Syria
As part of its interagency coordination responsibilities for the preservation of cultural heritage, the U.S. Department of State announced the imposition of import restrictions on archaeological and ethnological material of Syria. The restrictions, in the form of a Final Rule published by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of the Treasury in the August 15 Federal Register, are effective immediately.
|Damascus Museum employees wrap archaeological artifacts into boxes to protect them |
from being damaged on March 24, 2015 [Credit: ©Joseph Eid, AFP]
The emergency import restrictions are enacted pursuant to the Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act of 2016, which was passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Obama. The restrictions apply to any cultural property unlawfully removed from Syria on or after March 15, 2011, including objects of stone; metal; ceramic, clay, and faience; wood; glass; ivory; bone, and shell; plaster and stucco; textile, parchment, paper, and leather; painting and drawing; mosaic; and writing.
Source: U.S. State Department of State [August 18, 2016]