of Import Restrictions Imposed on Archaeological Material From Guatemala
Customs Service, Treasury.
[Federal Register: September
30, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 189)]
DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
SUMMARY: In T.D. 97-81, the Customs Regulations were amended to reflect the imposition of import restrictions on certain archaeological material from Guatemala. These restrictions were imposed pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding between the United States and Guatemala (the MOU) that was entered into under the authority of the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act in accordance with the 1970 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property.
Recently, the United States Department of State determined that conditions continue to warrant the imposition of these import restrictions for a period not to exceed 5 years. The Governments of the United States and Mali exchanged diplomatic notes agreeing to extend the MOU. Thus, this document amends the Customs Regulations to reflect that the import restrictions currently in place continue, without interruption, for a period not to exceed five years from September 29, 2002. T.D. 97-81 contains the List of Designated Archaeological Material from Guatemala that describes the articles to which the restrictions and this extension of restrictions apply.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This regulation and the extension of import restrictions reflected in this regulation become effective on September 29, 2002.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Pursuant to the provisions of the 1970 UNESCO Convention, codified into U. S. law as the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act (Public Law 97-446, 19 U.S.C. 2601 et seq)(the Act), the United States entered into a bilateral agreement with Guatemala on September 29, 1997 (Memorandum of Understanding Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Guatemala Concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Archaeological Objects and Materials from the Pre-Columbian Cultures of Guatemala) (the MOU), concerning the imposition of import restrictions on certain archaeological material from Guatemala. The U.S. Customs Service issued T.D. 97-81 (62 FR 51771, October 3, 1997) amending Sec. 12.104g(a) of the Customs Regulations (19 CFR 12.104g(a)) to reflect the imposition of these restrictions for a period not to exceed five years. The restrictions cover Maya material from the Peten Lowlands and related pre-Columbian material from the Highlands and the Southern Coast of Guatemala. The restrictions became effective on October 3, 1997.
Prior to the issuance of T.D. 97-81, Customs issued T.D. 91-34 (56 FR 15181, April 15, 1991) that imposed emergency import restrictions on certain archaeological material from the Peten Region of Guatemala. Under T.D. 91-34, Sec. 12.104g(b) (19 CFR 12.104g(b)) of the regulations pertaining to emergency restrictions was amended accordingly. These emergency restrictions were extended for a period of three years under T.D. 94-84 (59 FR 55528, November 7, 1994). Subsequently, the same archaeological material covered by T.D. 91-34 (and the extension of T.D. 94-84) was subsumed in T.D. 97-81 when it was published in 1997, at which time the emergency restrictions of T.D. 91-34 (and T.D. 94-84) were removed from Sec. 12.104g(b). On August 18, 2002, the Assistant Secretary of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State, concluded, among other things, that the cultural patrimony of Guatemala continues to be in jeopardy from pillage of irreplaceable materials representing its Pre-Columbian heritage and made the necessary determinations under 19 U.S.C. 2602(e) and 2602(a) to extend the import restrictions for a period not to exceed five years (in the Determination to Extend the MOU). The Government of the United States and the Government of the Republic of Mali exchanged diplomatic notes on September 20,
2002, agreeing to extend the MOU effective September 29, 2002. Accordingly, Customs is amending Sec. 12.104g(a) to reflect the extension of the import restrictions. The List of Designated Archaeological Material from Guatemala describing the materials covered by these import restrictions is set forth in T.D. 97-81. The list and accompanying image database may also be found at the following internet Web site address: http://exchanges.state.gov/culprop.
The restrictions on the importation of these archaeological materials from Guatemala are to continue in effect for five years from September 29, 2002. Importation of these materials continues to be restricted unless the conditions set forth in 19 U.S.C. 2606 and 19 CFR 12.104c are met.
Inapplicability of Notice
and Delayed Effective Date
Regulatory Flexibility Act
Executive Order 12866
List of Subjects in 19 CFR
Accordingly, Part 12 of the Customs Regulations (19 CFR Part 12) is amended as set forth below:
1. The general authority and specific authority citations for Part
12, in part, continue to read as follows:
Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301, 19 U.S.C. 66, 1202 (General Note 23,
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS)), 1624;
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Sections 12.104 through 12.104i also issued under 19 U.S.C. 2612;
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Sec. 12.104g [Amended]
2. In Sec. 12.104g(a), the list of agreements imposing import
restrictions on described articles of cultural property of State
Parties is amended in the entry for Guatemala by adding ``extended by
T.D. 02-56'' immediately after ``T.D. 97-81'' in the column headed
Robert C. Bonner,
Timothy E. Skud,
[FR Doc. 02-24895 Filed 9-26-02;