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The Superintendence is responsible for the regulation of import and export of cultural property, whether the movement is temporary (for example, for exhibition or restoration purposes) or permanent. The Superintendence has the role to issue permits needed for such movements.

Movement of Cultural Goods to EU Member States 

The movement of cultural property to EU member states requires endorsement by the Superintendence. Article 41 of the Cultural Heritage Act 2002 as amended by Act 12 of 2005 states that

'No person may export, re-export or remove from Malta including its territorial waters thereof; any cultural property without written permission of the Superintendent'      

Packing lists compiled for customs purposes have to be accompanied by a declaration form stating that no cultural goods as defined in the Cultural Heritage Act 2002 are included. The Superintendence of Cultural Heritage endorses accompanying customs documentation on the basis of this declaration and reserves the right to inspect such property prior to its movement from national territory. 

Packers are also expected to inform the Superintendence in advance as to when and where packing of goods for export and/or movement purposes will be carried out. Any necessary procedural inspections can be thus carried out on the date.       

You can download a copy of the declaration form from the link below

Return of Unlawfully Removed Cultural property to other EU Member States   

Council Regulation 93/7/EEC empowers member states to institute legal proceedings against the holder and/or possessor of cultural property illegally removed from their territory to that of another member state. This regulation has been transposed into Maltese law through LN 246/03 and LN 46/05. You can download a copy of  these legal documents from the links below  


Export to Third Countries

The export and re-export of cultural property to third countries or non-EU member states requires endorsement by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage. Article 41 (1) of the Cultural heritage Act 2002 as amended by Act 12 of 2005 states that 

'No person may export, re-export or remove from Malta including its territorial waters thereof; any cultural property without written permission of the Superintendent'         

Packing lists compiled for customs purposes are accompanied by a declaration form stating that no cultural goods as defined in the Cultural Heritage Act 2002 are included. The Superintendence of Cultural Heritage endorses accompanying customs documentation on the basis of this declaration and reserves the right to inspect such property prior to export. 

Packers are also expected to inform the Superintendence in advance as to when and where they will be packing of goods for export and/or movement purposes. Any necessary procedural inspections can be thus carried out on the date.

You can download a copy of this declaration form from the link below


Fees for Services Rendered

When cultural property is inspected with the specific intention of establishing its age and value, a 5% ad valorem fee is charged for services rendered. Such inspections are carried out

  • in the case of an application for the movement or export of cultural property from national territory;
  • in the case of cultural property imported or brought to Malta;  

This fee is regulated by LN 04/68     

 

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