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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Top Import Suppliers of Works of Art, Collectors’ Pieces and Antiques to the United States

Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques imported into the United States are categorized by Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) code 97. CHL recently identified 2013's top source countries of archaeological, historical, and ethnological material to the U.S. But which nations rank in 2013's top 10 list of suppliers for all HTS 97 imports by general customs value? They are, in order from highest to lowest declared customs values,

France
United Kingdom
Italy
Germany
Spain
Switzerland
China
Netherlands
Japan
Belgium

The table below shows the fuller picture of 2009 through 2013 American imports of works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques, displaying the total general customs import values among last year's top 25 source nations.


The data have been compiled from publicly available tariff and trade information produced by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission.

The commodities classified by HTS 97 consist of paintings, drawings, engravings, prints, lithographs, sculptures, statuary, and stamps. Also included are collectors' pieces and collections of zoological, botanical, mineralogical, anatomical, historical, archaeological, and paleontological materials. Numismatics fall under the classification too, as do antiques over 100 years old.

Copyright note: Although the data presented here is sourced from publicly available information, it has been carefully selected, coordinated, arranged, and analyzed so that it is subject to copyright as a compilation by CHL. The publication, retransmission, or broadcast of this compiled data is strictly prohibited without CHL's express consent.

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