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Published on 23 Sept. 2012



In general there are no limitations.


Works of art which are considered to be indispensable for the German cultural heritage have been placed on a list or index entitled "Verzeichnis national wertvollen Kulturgutes" and "Verzeichnis national wertvoller Archive": works on this list can not be exported without a permission (which has happened 5 times in the last 30 years).

In case of doubt one should contact:

Georg Goßler

Referat K 42 

Schutz, Erhalt und Rückführung von Kulturgut 

Der Beauftragte der Bundesregierung 

für Kultur und Medien

Graurheindorfer Str. 198,  

53117 Bonn

Tel: 0228 99 681 3514         

Fax: 0228 99   681 53514

Important note: Every federal state in Germany has its own list and contact persons. All informations you'll find at: 


In GERMANY you need export license for:

 without value limit

 Incunables, Manuscripts

 Archives (material with archivic interest, older than 50 years

 value over 15.000 EUR



Graphics (Etchings, Lithographs, Woodcuts, Silkscreens),


 printed Maps older than 200 years

 value over 30.000 EUR


Water Colors, drawings in Crayon

 value over 50.000 EUR




Antiquities (every other kind)

value over 150.000 EUR


Paintings (Oil)


Export licenses and further informations:




Beauftragter der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien

Referat K 42 (Schutz, Erhaltung und Rückführung von Kulturgut) – Zentralstelle des Bundes für Kulturgüter –
Ministerialrat Frithjof Berger
Graurheindorfer Straße 198

53117 Bonn



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