Applying for an export license for cultural property

Service Description

You require a permit to export cultural property from Germany if the cultural property exceeds certain age or value limits. Cultural goods are, for example, works of art, archaeological objects, archive material, manuscripts or antiques such as furniture, musical instruments or jewelry. You can find out about the age and value limits, for example, on the Internet portal of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the protection of cultural property.

If the authorization requirement is dependent on the financial value of the cultural property, this value is

  • the price paid for a purchase or sale within the last 3 years or
  • in other cases, a justified domestic estimated value at the time of application.

You can apply for approval from the competent authority. A distinction is made between permanent and temporary export. The export is temporary if it takes place for a limited period of no more than 5 years from the outset.

You apply for a license to export cultural goods in writing to the competent authority of the federal state in which the cultural goods are located at the time of application. If you are a legal entity, your head office in Germany is decisive for local jurisdiction.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

Competent Authority

Thüringer Staatskanzlei

Postal address
Post office box 90 02 53
99105 Erfurt

Regierungsstraße 73
99084 Erfurt
0361 37-900
0361 37-92107