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Transfer of cultural valuables

Transfer of cultural valuables 

Export, temporary export, including forwarding, of cultural valuables (paintings, musical instruments, dishware and other implements made before 1950) outside the customs territory of Ukraine requires an export certificate.  The State Control Department, or entity authorized by the State Control Department for a certain service area in the following cities, will issue the certificate:


 Location of authorized agent of the State Control Department

Service Area

city of Kyiv

Zhytomyr, Kyiv, Luhansk, Sumy, Kharkiv, Cherkasy, Chernihiv regions, city of Kyiv

city of Dnipropetrovsk

Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Kirovohrad, Poltava regions

city of Lviv

Volyn, Lviv, Rivne, Ternopil regions


city of Odesa


Vinnytsia, Zaporizhia, Odesa regions

city of Simferopol

Autonomous Republic of Crimea, city of Sevastopol

city of Chernivtsi

Ivano-Frankivsk, Khmelnytsky, Chernivtsi regions


city of Uzhgorod


Transcarpathian region


city of Kherson


Kherson, Mykolayiv region


The price (not exceeding EUR200/US$230) must be indicated in the certificate along with the note “This item is not of cultural value and may be shipped by international mail.”  The certificate is valid for 6 months from the date of its issue. Only licensed audio and video products with holograms and an audio-video quality control certificate may be shipped.

When sending multiples of a particular type of good  (books, souvenirs, new clothing or shoes in large quantities) the sender should provide a bill of lading listing the number of items and their value (not exceeding EUR150/US$160 per international postal shipment) and indicating the type of books being sent –  children’s, art, textbooks, technical literature, historical literature, etc.

International postal shipments are presented by service operators for customs control when crossing the customs border of Ukraine. Customs authorities have the right to remove items, on the terms provided for under Ukrainian law, which are legally prohibited from being sent by international mail or which are sent in violation of Ukrainian customs law.