German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)



Antiques that were acquired more than 50 years prior to the entry into force of Regulation (EC) No. 338/97 (01.06.1997) may be traded within the European Union without a certificate of exemption from the ban on commercial use (Art. 2 w) in accordance with Art.8 (1) and (3) of Regulation (EC) No. 338/97 in conjunction with Art. 62 (3) of Regulation (EC) No. 865/2006.

"Antiques" are defined in accordance with Art. 2 w of Regulation (EC) No. 338/97:

"[S]pecimens that were significantly altered from their natural raw state for jewellery, adornment, art, utility, or musical instruments, more than 50 years before the entry into force of this Regulation and that have been, to the satisfaction of the management authority of the Member States concerned, acquired in such conditions. Such specimens shall be considered as worked only if they are clearly in one of the aforementioned categories and require no further carving, crafting or manufacture to effect their purpose."

For import from a third country (a country outside the European Union) or export or re-export to a third country, a permit/certificate from the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation is required.

Last Change: 01/03/2021