The German government has launched a new internet portal providing information relevant to the Cultural Property Protection Law that came into force last year, and aims to tackle illegal trafficking in looted antiquities and to protect German national heritage.

The new site offers information on the German cultural property regulations for collectors, artists, museums and archives, as well as on national regulations in 60 further countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, China and Egypt. It also includes a database of German cultural property that is banned from sale abroad.

The Cultural Property Protection Law faced opposition from dealers, who described it as the most stringent set of regulations in the world. It requires an export licence from the country of origin for any antiquity offered for sale in Germany. It also requires exporters of any cultural goods above a certain value and age to acquire an export licence from one of Germany’s 16 states. Read more