HMRC internal manual

Customs Special Procedures Manual

SPE15865 - Removals for re-export: re-exports of cultural goods

An export licence is required for certain cultural goods, antiques and works of art over 50 years old. This includes goods held under customs warehousing and the movement of customs warehousing goods to other Member States and the Channel Islands (but not the Isle of Man). The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is responsible for export/re-export licensing policy.

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The Exports Licensing Unit of The Arts Council process licence applications and issue cultural goods export licences on behalf of the DCMS. Arts Council also gives rulings as to whether or not particular cultural goods require an export licence.

Council Regulation 3911/92, Commission Regulation 752/93, SI 2003 No. 2759

The Exports Licensing Unit of The Arts Council can be contacted at:

Export Licensing Unit
Arts Council England
Bloomsbury Street,