When transporting personal effects abroad our clients should be aware that some items (awards, coins, icons, stamps, art works, sculptures etc.) might be classified as “cultural values (cultural property)” or “antiques”.
According to the current legislation “antiques” includes objects older than 50 years. Cultural values (cultural property) are objects of material and spiritual culture that have artistic, historical, ethnographic and scientific significance and are subject to preservation, recreation and protection in accordance with the legislation of Ukraine.
That’s why to avoid difficulties during customs control, it is necessary to obtain in advance from the Department for the movement of cultural property (hereinafter – the Control Body) the certificate confirming that the object is not a “cultural property”.
In case you have an object that is a cultural property you will have to receive certificate which gives the right to transport cultural property abroad.
The Law of Ukraine “On the export, import and return of cultural property” states the rules on the export, import and return of cultural property. A certificate for the right to export (temporary export) of cultural property is obligatory for shipping the cultural property outside the customs territory of Ukraine. Cultural values (works of art, old books, coins, stamps, awards), entered in the State Register of National Cultural Property, in the National Archives or the Museum Fund of Ukraine are prohibited for export abroad. Attempted transportation is a criminal offence.