Official Statistics

Export of objects of cultural interest Statistical Release 2012-13

Annual statistics on the Export of objects of cultural interest 2012-2013



Information on the operation of the export controls on objects of cultural interest, produced by Arts Council England on behalf of DCMS.

Annual statistics on the operation of the export controls on objects of cultural interest, as required by section 10(1)(a) of the Export Control Act 2002, in the United Kingdom in 2011-12, produced by Arts Council England on behalf of DCMS, were released on 20th November 2012 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

Period covered:

1 May 2012 - 30 April 2013.

Geographical coverage:

United Kingdom

Next release date:

Statistics from 2013-14 will be published in the last quarter of 2014.

The Export Licensing Unit at Arts Council England records all export licence applications made and export licences issued in the UK for the export of cultural goods outside the UK. Its database records the following information: number of applications for individual export licences received and the date of receipt; number of individual export licences issued and the date of issue; number of items to which individual export licences or applications relate; total value of those items as given by the applicant; the type of licence issued (EU or UK), whether it has been referred to an adviser or not and whether it is temporary or permanent a description of the items; the name and address of the applicant and the owner and the country of destination.

Report structure/format

The report sets out the latest annual figures for the 12 months to April 2013 for the export of objects of cultural interest. It includes the number of applications for export licences; the number of applications for manuscripts, documents or archives; the number of cases referred to expert advisers; the number of licences granted after the Export Licensing Unit was satisfied that the objects to which they related had been imported into the United Kingdom within the past 50 years and the number of Open Individual Export Licences in operation during the period having been issued in previous years to regular exporters for the export of certain items. The report expands on the information provided by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Cultural Objects (RCEWA): the number of cases considered by the RCEWA and the number recommended by it to the Secretary of State for deferral of an export licence.

The UK Statistics Authority

This release is published in accordance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics (2009), as produced by the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA). The UKSA has the overall objective of promoting and safeguarding the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good. It monitors and reports on all official statistics, and promotes good practice in this area.

Pre-release access

This document contains a list of Ministers and officials who have received privileged early access to this release of export of objects of cultural interest data. In line with best practice, the list has been kept to a minimum and those given access for briefing purposes had a maximum of 24 hours.

Previous release date:

November 2012: Export of Objects of Cultural Interest 2011-12.

Contact for enquiries

Department for Culture, Media and Sport 4th Floor 100 Parliament Street London SW1A 2BQ

The responsible analyst for this release is Sam Tuckett

For enquiries on this release contact: 020 7211 2382

For general enquiries telephone: 020 7211 6000

Published 30 January 2014