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Procedure for exporting cultural assets

The export application must be submitted by:

  • The owner of the asset.
  • The person entitled to dispose of the asset or duly authorised to do this.

It must be submitted to:

  • The Autonomous Regions that have their own classification committees, for assets located within their region
  • Otherwise, directly to the Ministry Spanish Historical Heritage Assets Classification, Valuation and Export Board.

The Spanish Historical Heritage Assets Classification, Valuation and Export Board studies the export applications and issues an opinion on the matter.

Based on the opinion of the Classification, Valuation and Export Board, the Director General for Fine Arts and Cultural Assets and Archives and Libraries issues a decision on the export application.

If it is authorised, the permit is delivered to the interested party, who must:

  • Present it at the corresponding customs office (for movements outside of the European Union).
  • Include it with the transport waybill (for movements within the European Union).
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