Museums, antiquities dealers, ancient coin sellers and others are keenly aware of the variety of cultural property, criminal, customs, civil, and other laws that can affect the lawful import of cultural objects. These laws potentially can subject cultural objects to seizure and forfeiture, and they can prompt criminal charges against individuals for smuggling, receiving stolen property, or other crimes. That is why a binding customs ruling can be a great benefit. An official ruling can ensure the legality of an object's import, offering protection from legal liability and preventing "hot" objects from entering the U.S. in violation of American import rules.
Following customs rules is important and mandatory for cultural property importers. There is no better way to comply with import regulations than to seek a binding customs ruling and by providing complete information about an object's history to the fullest extent possible.
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