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ENHANCED VERIFICATION PROTOCOL AT GENEVA FREE PORTS

ENHANCED VERIFICATION PROTOCOL AT GENEVA FREE PORTS

Geneva Free Ports and Warehouses has introduced an additional verification procedure for archaeological artefacts en route from excavation sites to free ports for storage in bonded warehouses. This new measure, which came into effect on 19 September 2016, aims at bolstering efforts to fight the illegal trade in cultural heirlooms.

Henceforth documents accompanying archaeological artefacts must be examined by an independent, specially commissioned company before the artefacts can be shipped to free ports. It should be noted that this procedure is performed in addition to the usual inspections of the Swiss Federal Customs Administration.

Only once the inspecting company has given its stamp of approval can the artefacts begin their journey to Geneva. In other words, excavated treasures cannot be accepted or stored without the inspection company’s authorisation.

This is already the second new requirement introduced this year. It follows action by the Federal Council on 1 January to reinforce regulations on customs warehouses, giving the Customs Administration better control over export timeframes, the exporting process and inventory.

Natural Le Coultre embraces these new measures, which not only enable more thorough due diligence on the origins of artefacts, but also enhance the overall protection of the assets entrusted to us.

Franco Momente – Managing Director
Fine Art Transports Natural Le Coultre, Geneva

Ports Francs de Genève