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LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN

of August 29, 1998 No. 678-I

About export and import of cultural values

(as amended on 12-10-2021)
Article 1. Purpose of this Law

The purpose of this Law is regulation of the relations connected with preserving cultural heritage of the people of Uzbekistan, protection of cultural values against their illegal export and import, establishment of single procedure for export from the Republic of Uzbekistan and import of cultural values to the Republic of Uzbekistan, and also contribution to development of the international cultural cooperation.

Article 2. Legislation on export and import of cultural values

The legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan on export and import of cultural values consists of this Law and other acts of the legislation.

In the Republic of Karakalpakstan export and import of cultural values is regulated also by the legislation of the Republic of Karakalpakstan.

If the international treaty of the Republic of Uzbekistan establishes other rules, than those which contain in the legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan on export and import of cultural values then are applied rules of the international treaty.

Article 3. Basic concepts

In this Law the following basic concepts are applied:

cultural values - the movable objects of material world representing national, historical, art, scientific and cognitive, spiritual and moral and other cultural importance;

export of cultural values - movement through customs border of cultural values out of limits of the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan without obligation of their return import;

import of cultural values - movement through customs border of cultural values of the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan without obligation of their return export;

temporary export of cultural values - movement through customs border of cultural values out of limits of the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the obligation of their return import in the stipulated time;

temporary import of cultural values - movement through customs border of cultural values of the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the obligation of their return export in the stipulated time,

Article 4. The cultural values falling under operation of this Law

Cultural values fall under operation of this Law:

created by citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan;

created in the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan by foreign citizens and stateless persons;

found in the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan;

collected in the museums, information and library organizations, archives, departmental archives, film, photo, record libraries, art galleries and other storages;

acquired by archaeological, ethnological and natural-science expeditions with the consent of authorized bodies of the states from where there are these values;

received as a result of voluntary exchanges;

received as inheritance, gift or legally acquired with the consent of authorized bodies of the states from where there are these values;

imported on the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan by foreign legal, and physical persons.

Article 5. Competence of state bodies in export and import of cultural values

State regulation of export and import of cultural values perform the Ministry of cases of culture and sport of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Ministry of cases of culture and sport of the Republic of Uzbekistan:

determines category of the objects relating to cultural values, according to the procedure, approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan;

makes decisions on possibility of export, temporary export of cultural values;

performs registration of the exported and imported, and also temporarily exported and temporarily imported cultural values;

provides examination of the cultural values declared to export, temporary export and also in case of their return after temporary export;

issues certificates on the right of export and temporary export of cultural values;

accepts the detained or confiscated cultural values from the relevant state bodies, carries out expertize and determines procedure for their use.

The State Customs Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan according to the legislation exercises control of procedure for export and import of cultural values.

The procedure for conducting examination and control of export and import of cultural values is established by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Article 6. The property right to the exported and imported cultural values

The bases for emergence of the right of state-owned property and the property right of legal entities and physical persons to the exported and imported cultural values are:

creation of cultural values at the expense of the government budget:

creation of cultural values due to own activities of legal entities and physical persons;

transactions based on which cultural values are created or acquired;

inheritance.

The property right to the cultural values which are at the same time intellectual property item is regulated by the legislation.

Article 7. Right of the owner to export of cultural values

Export of cultural values by their owner or person authorized by it is performed according to the procedure, established by the legislation, based on the certificate on the right of the export issued by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The author has the right to export the cultural values created by him which are in its property.

Article 8. The cultural values which are not subject to export from the Republic of Uzbekistan

Cultural values are not subject to export from the Republic of Uzbekistan:

created fifty and more than years ago;

entered by the state in security lists and registers;

constantly stored in the museums, information and library organizations, archives, departmental archives and other storages.

Article 9. Temporary export of cultural values

Temporary export of cultural values can be performed by legal entities and physical persons:

for the organization, exhibitions;

for implementation of restoration works and scientific research;

in connection with theatrical, concert and other artistic activities;

for registration of embassies and representations of the Republic of Uzbekistan;

in other cases, stipulated by the legislation.

Temporarily exported cultural values cannot be used as loan security or to serve as pledge subject.

Article 10. Conditions of temporary export of cultural values

The basis for temporary export of cultural values is the certificate issued by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The procedure for issue of the certificate on the right of temporary export of cultural values affirms the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

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