[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 135 (Friday, July 13, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 41266-41270]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-16989]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

19 CFR Part 12

[CBP Dec. 12-13]
RIN 1515-AD90


Extension of Import Restrictions on Archaeological Objects and 
Ecclesiastical and Ritual Ethnological Materials From Cyprus

AGENCIES: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland 
Security; Department of the Treasury.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This document amends U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 
regulations to reflect the extension of import restrictions on Pre-
Classical and Classical archaeological objects and Byzantine 
ecclesiastical and ritual ethnological materials from Cyprus. These 
restrictions, which were last extended by CBP Dec. 07-52, are due to 
expire on July 16, 2012, unless extended. The Assistant Secretary for 
Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State, 
has determined to extend the bilateral Agreement between the Republic 
of Cyprus and the United States to continue the imposition of import 
restrictions on cultural property from Cyprus. The Designated List of 
cultural property described in CBP Dec. 07-52 is revised in this 
document to reflect that the types of ecclesiastical and ritual 
ethnological articles dating from the Byzantine period previously 
listed on the CBP Dec. 07-52 Designated List as protected are now 
protected also if dating from the Post-Byzantine period (c. 1500 A.D. 
to 1850 A.D.) The revised Designated List also clarifies that certain 
mosaics of stone and wall hangings (specifically, to include images of 
Saints among images of Christ, Archangels, and the Apostles) are 
covered under the import restrictions published today. The import 
restrictions imposed on the archaeological and ethnological materials 
covered under the Agreement will remain in effect for a 5-year period, 
and the CBP regulations are being amended accordingly. These 
restrictions are being extended pursuant to determinations of the State 
Department under the terms of the Convention on Cultural Property 
Implementation Act in accordance with the United Nations Educational, 
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Convention on the Means 
of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer 
of Ownership of Cultural Property.

DATES: Effective Date: July 16, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For legal aspects, George F. McCray, 
Esq., Chief, Cargo Security, Carriers and Immigration Branch, 
Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade, (202) 325-0082. 
For operational aspects, Virginia McPherson, Interagency Requirements 
Branch, Trade Policy and Programs, Office of International Trade, (202) 
863-6563.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    Pursuant to the provisions of the 1970 UNESCO Convention, codified 
into U.S. law as the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act 
(hereafter, the Cultural Property Implementation Act or the Act) (Pub. 
L. 97-446, 19 U.S.C. 2601 et seq.), signatory nations (State Parties) 
may enter into bilateral or multilateral agreements to impose import 
restrictions on eligible archaeological and ethnological materials 
under procedures and requirements prescribed by the Act. Under the Act 
and applicable CBP regulations (19 CFR 12.104g), the restrictions are 
effective for no more than five years beginning on the date on which 
the agreement enters into force with respect to the United States (19 
U.S.C. 2602(b)). This period may be extended for additional periods, 
each such period not to exceed five years, where it is determined that 
the factors justifying the initial agreement still pertain and no cause 
for suspension of the agreement exists (19 U.S.C. 2602(e); 19 CFR 
12.104g(a)).
    In certain limited circumstances, the Cultural Property 
Implementation Act authorizes the imposition of restrictions on an 
emergency basis upon the request of a State Party (19 U.S.C. 
2603(c)(1)). Under the Act and applicable CBP regulations (19 CFR 
12.104g(b)), emergency restrictions are effective for no more than five 
years from the date of the State Party's request and may be extended 
for three years where it is determined that the emergency condition 
continues to apply with respect to the covered materials (19 U.S.C. 
2603(c)(3)).
    On April 12, 1999, under the authority of the Cultural Property 
Implementation Act, the former U.S. Customs Service published Treasury 
Decision (T.D.) 99-35 in the Federal Register (64 FR 17529) imposing 
emergency import restrictions on certain Byzantine ecclesiastical and 
ritual ethnological materials from Cyprus and accordingly amending 19 
CFR 12.104g(b) pertaining to emergency import restrictions. These 
restrictions were effective for a period of 5 years from September 4, 
1998, the date the Republic of Cyprus made the request for emergency 
protection. On August 29, 2003, these restrictions were extended, by 
publication of CBP Dec. 03-25 in the Federal Register (68 FR 51903), 
for an additional 3-year period, to September 4, 2006.
    In a separate action, on July 16, 2002, the United States entered 
into a bilateral Agreement with the Republic of Cyprus concerning the 
imposition of import restrictions on certain archaeological materials 
of Cyprus representing the Pre-Classical and Classical periods of its 
cultural heritage (the 2002 Agreement).\1\ On July 19, 2002, the former 
United States Customs Service published T.D. 02-37 in the Federal 
Register (67 FR 47447), which amended 19 CFR 12.104g(a) to reflect the 
imposition of these restrictions and included a list designating the 
types of archaeological materials covered by the restrictions. These 
restrictions were to be effective through July 16, 2007.
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    \1\ Formally, the Agreement is a Memorandum of Understanding, 
but the term Agreement is used in this document.
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    On August 17, 2006, the Republic of Cyprus and the United States 
amended the 2002 Agreement (covering the Pre-Classical and Classical 
archaeological materials) to include the list of Byzantine 
ecclesiastical and ritual ethnological materials that had been (and, at 
that time, were still) protected pursuant to the emergency action 
described above. The amendment of the 2002 Agreement to cover both the 
subject archaeological materials and the subject ethnological materials 
was reflected in CBP Dec. 06-22, which was published in the Federal 
Register (71 FR 51724) on August 31, 2006. CBP Dec. 06-22 contains the 
list of Byzantine ecclesiastical and ritual ethnological materials from 
Cyprus previously protected pursuant to emergency action and announced 
that import restrictions, as of August 31, 2006, were imposed on this 
cultural property pursuant to the amended Agreement (19 U.S.C. 
2603(c)(4)). Thus, as of that date, the restrictions covering both the 
archaeological materials and the ethnological materials described in 
CBP Dec. 06-22 were set to be effective

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through July 16, 2007. (The amended Agreement was subsequently extended 
by the Parties, effective on July 16, 2007.)
    On July 13, 2007, CBP published CBP Dec. 07-52 in the Federal 
Register (72 FR 38470) which further extended the import restrictions 
to July 16, 2012. The Designated List was published with the Decision.
    On October 18, 2011, the Department of State received a request by 
the Republic of Cyprus to extend the amended Agreement and to extend 
the historical timeframe to protect ecclesiastical and ritual 
ethnological materials of the Post-Byzantine period, c. 1500 A.D. to 
1850 A.D. On June 15, 2012, after the Department of State proposed to 
so extend the amended Agreement and reviewed the findings and 
recommendations of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, the 
Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, State 
Department, determined that the cultural heritage of Cyprus continues 
to be in jeopardy from pillage of certain archaeological objects and 
certain ethnological materials and made the necessary determination to 
extend the import restrictions for an additional five-year period to 
July 16, 2017. Diplomatic notes have been exchanged reflecting the 
extension of the restrictions, as described in this document and as 
applicable to the revised Designated List set forth in this document, 
for a five-year period.
    Thus, CBP is amending 19 CFR 12.104g(a) accordingly. Importation of 
such materials from Cyprus will be restricted through that date unless 
the conditions set forth in 19 U.S.C. 2606 and 19 CFR 12.104c are met.
    In this document, the Designated List of articles that was 
published in CBP Dec. 07-52 is also amended to extend the historical 
timeframe of the restricted ecclesiastical and ritual ethnological 
materials to include the Post-Byzantine period, c. 1500 A.D. to 1850 
A.D. In addition, the section of the Designated List pertaining to the 
covered ethnological materials has been revised to clarify coverage of 
certain mosaics of stone and wall hangings (specifically, to include 
images of Saints among images of Christ, Archangels, and the Apostles). 
The articles described in the Designated List set forth below are 
protected pursuant to the amended Agreement. It is noted that there are 
no revisions to the section of the Designated List pertaining to 
covered archaeological objects. It is reprinted as a convenience.
    The Designated List of Pre-Classical and Classical Period 
Archaeological Objects and Ecclesiastical and Ritual Ethnological 
Materials, and accompanying image database, may also be found at the 
following Internet Web site address: http://exchanges.state.gov/heritage/culprop/pefact/html, under ``III. Categories of Objects 
Subject to Import Restriction,'' by clicking on ``Designated List'' and 
on ``Cyprus Section of the Image Database.''

List of Archaeological Objects From Cyprus Representing Pre-Classical 
and Classical Periods Ranging in Date From Approximately the 8th 
Millennium B.C. to Approximately 330 A.D.

I. Ceramic
A. Vessels
    1. Neolithic and Chalcolithic (c. 7500-2300 B.C.)--Bowls and jars, 
including spouted vessels. Varieties include Combed ware, Black 
Lustrous ware, Red Lustrous ware, and Red-on-White painted ware. 
Approximately 10-24 cm in height.
    2. Early Bronze Age (c. 2300-1850 B.C.)--Forms are hand-made and 
include bowls, jugs, juglets, jars, and specialized forms, such as 
askoi, pyxides, gourd-shape, multiple-body vessels, and vessels with 
figurines attached. Cut-away spouts, multiple spouts, basket handles, 
and round bases commonly occur. Incised, punctured, molded, and applied 
ornament, as well as polishing and slip, are included in the range of 
decorative techniques. Approximately 13-60 cm in height.
    3. Middle Bronze Age (c. 1850-1550 B.C.)--Forms are hand-made and 
include bowls, jugs, juglets, jars, zoomorphic askoi, bottles, 
amphorae, and amphoriskoi. Some have multiple spouts and basket or 
ribbon handles. Decorative techniques include red and brown paint, 
incised or applied decoration, and polishing. Varieties include Red 
Polished ware, White Painted ware, Black Slip ware, Red Slip ware, and 
Red-on-Black ware. Approximately 4-25 cm in height.
    4. Late Bronze Age (c. 1550-1050 B.C.)--Forms include bowls, jars, 
jugs and juglets, tankards, rhyta, bottles, kraters, alabastra, stemmed 
cups, cups, stirrup jars, amphorae, and amphoriskoi. A wide variety of 
spouts, handles, and bases are common. Zoomorphic vessels also occur. 
Decorative techniques include painted design in red or brown, 
polishing, and punctured or incised decoration. Varieties include White 
Slip, Base Ring ware, White Shaved ware, Red Lustrous ware, Bichrome 
Wheel-made ware, and Proto-White Painted ware. Some examples of local 
or imported Mycenaean Late Helladic III have also been found. 
Approximately 5-50 cm in height.
    5. Cypro-Geometric I-III (c. 1050-750 B.C.)--Forms include bowls, 
jugs, juglets, jars, cups, skyphoi, amphorae, amphoriskos, and tripods. 
A variety of spouts, handles and base forms are used. Decorative 
techniques include paint in dark brown and red, ribbing, polish, and 
applied projections. Varieties include White Painted I-II wares, Black 
Slip I-II wares, Bichrome II-III wares, and Black-on-Red ware. 
Approximately 7-30 cm in height.
    6. Cypro-Archaic I-II (c. 750-475 B.C.)--Forms include bowls, 
plates, jugs and juglets, cups, kraters, amphoriskoi, oinochoai, and 
amphorae. Many of the forms are painted with bands, lines, concentric 
circles, and other geometric and floral patterns. Animal designs occur 
in the Free Field style. Molded decoration in the form of female 
figurines may also be applied. Red and dark brown paint is used on 
Bichrome ware. Black paint on a red polished surface is common on 
Black-on-Red ware. Other varieties include Bichrome Red, Polychromem 
Red, and Plain White. Approximately 12-45 cm in height.
    7. Cypro-Classical I-II (c. 475-325 B.C.)--Forms include bowls, 
shallow dishes, jugs and juglets, oinochoai, and amphorae. The use of 
painted decoration in red and brown, as well as blue/green and black 
continues. Some vessels have molded female figurines applied. 
Decorative designs include floral and geometric patterns. Burnishing 
also occurs. Varieties include Polychrome Red, Black-on-Red, Polychrome 
Red, Stroke Burnished, and White Painted wares. Approximately 6-40 cm 
in height.
    8. Hellenistic (c. 325 B.C.-50 B.C.)--Forms include bowls, dishes, 
cups, unguentaria, jugs and juglets, pyxides, and amphorae. Most of the 
ceramic vessels of the period are undecorated. Those that are decorated 
use red, brown, or white paint in simple geometric patterns. Ribbing is 
also a common decorative technique. Some floral patterns are also used. 
Varieties include Glazed Painted ware and Glazed ware. Imports include 
Megarian bowls. Approximately 5-25 cm in height.
    9. Roman (c. 50 B.C.-330 A.D.)--Forms include bowls, dishes, cups, 
jugs and juglets, unguentaria, amphorae, and cooking pots. 
Decorativetechniques include incision, embossing, molded decoration, 
grooved decoration, and paint. Varieties include Terra Sigillata and 
Glazed and Green Glazed wares. Approximately 5-55 cm in height.

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B. Sculpture
1. Terracotta Figurines (Small Statuettes)
    (a) Neolithic to Late Bronze Age (c. 7500-1050 B.C.)--Figurines are 
small, hand-made, and schematic in form. Most represent female figures, 
often standing and sometimes seated and giving birth or cradling an 
infant. Features and attributes are marked with incisions or paint. 
Figurines occur in Red-on-White ware, Red Polished ware, Red-Drab 
Polished ware, and Base Ring ware. Approximately 10-25 cm in height.
    (b) Cypro-Geometric to Cypro-Archaic (c. 1050-475 B.C.)--Figurines 
show a greater diversity of form than earlier figurines. Female 
figurines are still common, but forms also include male horse-and-rider 
figurines; warrior figures; animals such as birds, bulls and pigs; 
tubular figurines; boat models; and human masks. In the Cypro-Archaic 
period, terra cotta models illustrate a variety of daily activities, 
including the process of making pottery and grinding grain. Other 
examples include musicians and men in chariots. Approximately 7-19 cm 
in height.
    (c) Cypro-Classical to Roman (c. 475 B.C.-330 A.D.)--Figurines 
mirror the classical tradition of Greece and Roman. Types include 
draped women, nude youths, and winged figures. Approximately 9-20 cm in 
height.
    2. Large Scale Terracotta Figurines--Dating to the Cypro-Archaic 
period (c. 750-475 B.C.), full figures about half life-size, are 
commonly found in sanctuaries. Illustrated examples include the head of 
a woman decorated with rosettes and a bearded male with spiral-
decorated helmet. Approximately 50-150 cm in height.
    3. Funerary Statuettes--Dating to the Cypro-Classical period (c. 
475-325 B.C.), these illustrate both male and female figures draped, 
often seated, as expressions of mourning. Approximately 25-50 cm in 
height.
C. Inscriptions
    Writing on clay is restricted to the Late Bronze Age (c. 1550-1050 
B.C.). These occur on clay tablets, weights, and clay balls. 
Approximately 2-7 cm in height.
II. Stone
A. Vessels
    Ground stone vessels occur from the Neolithic to the Hellenistic 
period (c. 7500-50 B.C.). Early vessels are from local hard stone. Most 
are bowl-shaped; some are trough-shaped with spouts and handles. 
Neolithic vessels often have incised or perforated decoration. Late 
Bronze Age vessels include amphoriskoi and kraters with handles. 
Sometimes these have incised decoration. Alabaster was also used for 
stone vessels in the Late Bronze Age and Hellenistic period. In the 
latter period, stone vessels are produced in the same shapes as ceramic 
vessels: amphorae, unguentaria, etc. Approximately 10-30 cm in height.
B. Sculpture
    1. Neolithic to Chalcolithic (c. 7500-2300 B.C.)--Forms include 
small scale human heads, fiddle-shaped human figures, steatopygous 
female figures, cruciform idols with incised decoration, and animal 
figures. Andesite and limestone are commonly used in these periods. 
Approximately 5-30 cm in height.
    2. Cypro-Classical (c. 475-325 B.C.)--Small scale to life-size 
human figures, whole and fragments, in limestone and marble, are 
similar to the Classical tradition in local styles. Examples include 
the limestone head of a youth in Neo-Cypriote style, votive female 
figures in Proto-Cypriot style, a kouros in Archaic Greek style, 
statues and statuettes representing Classical gods such as Zeus and 
Aphrodite, as well as portrait heads of the Greek and Roman periods. 
Approximately 10-200 cm in height.
C. Architectural Elements
    Sculpted stone building elements occur from the 5th century B.C. 
through the 3rd century A.D. These include columns and column capitals, 
relief decoration, chancel panels, window frames, revetments, offering 
tables, coats of arms, and gargoyles.
D. Seals
    Dating from the Neolithic (7500 B.C.) through 3rd century A.D., 
conical seals, scarabs, cylinder seals, and bread stamps are incised 
with geometric decoration, pictoral scenes, and inscriptions. 
Approximately 2-12 cm in height.
E. Amulets and Pendants
    Dating to the Chalcolithic period, these pendants are made of 
picrolite and are oval or rectangular in form. Approximately 4-5 cm in 
length.
F. Inscriptions
    Inscribed stone materials date from the 6th century B.C. through 
the 3rd century A.D. During the Cypro-Classical period, funerary 
stelae, and votive plaques were inscribed. From the 1st to the 3rd 
century A.D. funerary plaques, mosaic floors, and building plaques were 
inscribed.
G. Funerary Stelae (Uninscribed)
    Funerary stelae date from the 6th century B.C. to the end of the 
Hellenistic period (c. 50 B.C.). Marble and other stone sculptural 
monuments have relief decoration of animals or human figures seated or 
standing. Stone coffins also have relief decoration. Approximately 50-
155 cm in height.
H. Floor Mosaics
    Floor mosaics date as early as the 4th century B.C. in domestic and 
public contexts and continue to be produced through the 3rd century 
A.D. Examples include the mosaics at Nea Paphos, Kourion, and Kouklia.
III. Metal
A. Copper/Bronze
    1. Vessels--Dating from the Bronze Age (c. 2300 B.C.) through the 
3rd century A.D., bronze vessel forms include bowls, cups, amphorae, 
jugs, juglets, pyxides, dippers, lamp stands, dishes, and plates. 
Approximately 4-30 cm in height.
    2. Bronze Stands--Dating from the Late Bronze Age (c. 1550 B.C.) 
through the end of the Classical period (c. 325 B.C.), are bronze 
stands with animal decoration.
    3. Sculpture--Dating from the Late Bronze Age (c. 1550) to the end 
of the Hellenistic period (c. 50 B.C.), small figural sculpture 
includes human forms with attached attributes such as spears or 
goblets, animal figures, animal- and vessel-shaped weights, and 
Classical representations of gods and mythological figures. 
Approximately 5-25 cm in height.
    4. Personal Objects--Dating from the Early Bronze Age (c. 2300 
B.C.) to the end of the Roman period (330 A.D.), forms include toggle 
pins, straight pins, fibulae, and mirrors.
B. Silver
    1. Vessels--Dating from the Bronze Age (c. 2300 B.C.) through the 
end of the Roman period (330 A.D.), forms include bowls, dishes, coffee 
services, and ceremonial objects such as incense burners. These are 
often decorated with molded or incised geometric motifs or figural 
scenes.
    2. Jewelry--Dating from the Cypro-Geometric period (c. 1050 B.C.) 
through the end of the Roman period (330 A.D.), forms include fibulae, 
rings, bracelets, and spoons.
C. Gold Jewelry
    Gold jewelry has been found on Cyprus from the Early Bronze Age (c. 
2300 B.C.) through the end of the Roman period (330 A.D.). Items 
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hair ornaments, bands, frontlets, pectorals, earrings, necklaces, 
rings, pendants, plaques, beads, and bracelets.
D. Coins of Cypriot Types
    Coins of Cypriot types made of gold, silver, and bronze including 
but not limited to:
    1. Issues of the ancient kingdoms of Amathus, Kition, Kourion, 
Idalion, Lapethos, Marion, Paphos, Soli, and Salamis dating from the 
end of the 6th century B.C. to 332 B.C.
    2. Issues of the Hellenistic period, such as those of Paphos, 
Salamis, and Kition from 332 B.C. to c. 30 B.C.
    3. Provincial and local issues of the Roman period from c. 30 B.C. 
to 235 A.D. Often these have a bust or head on one side and the image 
of a temple (the Temple of Aphrodite at Palaipaphos) or statue (statue 
of Zeus Salaminios) on the other.

List of Ecclesiastical and Ritual Ethnological Material From Cyprus 
Representing the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Periods Dating From 
Approximately the 4th Century A.D. to 1850 A.D.

I. Metal
A. Bronze
    Ceremonial objects include crosses, censers (incense burners), 
rings, and buckles for ecclesiastical garments. The objects may be 
decorated with engraved or modeled designs or Greek inscriptions. 
Crosses, rings and buckles are often set with semi-precious stones.
B. Lead
    Lead objects date to the Byzantine period and include ampulla 
(small bottle-shaped forms) used in religious observance.
C. Silver and Gold
    Ceremonial vessels and objects used in ritual and as components of 
church treasure. Ceremonial objects include censers (incense burners), 
book covers, liturgical crosses, archbishop's crowns, buckles, and 
chests. These are often decorated with molded or incised geometric 
motifs or scenes from the Bible, and encrusted with semi-precious or 
precious stones. The gems themselves may be engraved with religious 
figures or inscriptions. Church treasure may include all of the above, 
as well as rings, earrings, and necklaces (some decorated with 
ecclesiastical themes) and other implements (e.g., spoons).
II. Wood
    Artifacts made of wood are primarily those intended for ritual or 
ecclesiastical use during the Byzantine period. These include painted 
icons, painted wood screens (iconostases), carved doors, crosses, 
painted wooded beams from churches or monasteries, thrones, chests and 
musical instruments. Religious figures (Christ, the Apostles, the 
Virgin, and others) predominate in the painted and carved figural 
decoration. Ecclesiastical furniture and architectural elements may 
also be decorated with geometric or floral designs.
III. Ivory and Bone
    Ecclesiastical and ritual objects of ivory and bone boxes, plaques, 
pendants, candelabra, stamp rings, crosses. Carved and engraved 
decoration includes religious figures, scenes from the Bible, and 
floral and geometric designs.
IV. Glass
    Ecclesiastical objects such as lamps and ritual vessels.
V. Textiles--Ritual Garments
    Ecclesiastical garments and other ritual textiles from the 
Byzantine period. Robes, vestments and altar clothes are often of a 
fine fabric and richly embroidered in silver and gold. Embroidered 
designs include religious motifs and floral and geometric designs.
VI. Stone
A. Wall Mosaics
    Dating to the Byzantine period, wall mosaics are found in 
ecclesiastical buildings. These generally portray images of Christ, 
Archangels, the Apostles, and Saints in scenes of Biblical events. 
Surrounding panels may contain animal, floral, or geometric designs.
B. Floor Mosaics
    Floor mosaics from ecclesiastical contexts. Examples include the 
mosaics at Nea Paphos, Kourion, Kouklia, Chrysopolitissa Basilica and 
Campanopetra Basilica. Floor mosaics may have animal, floral, geometric 
designs, or inscriptions.
VII. Frescoes/Wall Paintings
    Wall paintings from the Byzantine period religious structures 
(churches, monasteries, chapels, etc.) Like the mosaics, wall paintings 
generally portray images of Christ, Archangels, the Apostles, and 
Saints in scenes of Biblical events. Surrounding paintings may contain 
animal, floral, or geometric designs.

Inapplicability of Notice and Delayed Effective Date

    This amendment involves a foreign affairs function of the United 
States and is, therefore, being made without notice or public procedure 
(5 U.S.C. 553(a)(1)). For the same reasons, a delayed effective date is 
not required.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Because no notice of proposed rulemaking is required, the 
provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) do 
not apply.

Executive Order 12866

    Because this rule involves a foreign affairs function of the United 
States, it is not subject to Executive Order 12866.

Signing Authority

    This regulation is being issued in accordance with 19 CFR 
0.1(a)(1).

List of Subjects in 19 CFR Part 12

    Cultural property, Customs duties and inspection, Imports, 
Prohibited merchandise.

Amendment to CBP Regulations

    For the reasons set forth above, part 12 of Title 19 of the Code of 
Federal Regulations (19 CFR part 12), is amended as set forth below:

PART 12--SPECIAL CLASSES OF MERCHANDISE

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1. The general authority citation for part 12 and the specific 
authority citation for Sec.  12.104g continue to read as follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 19 U.S.C. 66, 1202 (General Note 3(i), 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS)), 1624;
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    Sections 12.104 through 12.104i also issued under 19 U.S.C. 
2612;
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Sec.  12.104g(a)  [Amended]

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2. In Sec.  12.104g(a), the table of the list of agreements imposing 
import restrictions on described articles of cultural property of State 
Parties is amended in the entry for Cyprus by, in the column headed 
``Cultural Property,'' removing the words ``Byzantine period'' and 
adding in their place the words ``Byzantine and Post-Byzantine 
periods'' and removing the words ``the 15th century A.D.'' and adding 
in their place the words ``1850 A.D.'', and, in the column headed 
``Decision No.,'' removing the reference to ``CBP Dec.

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07-52 and adding in its place ``CBP Dec. 12-13''.

Thomas Winkowski,
Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
    Approved: July 5, 2012.
Timothy E. Skud,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.
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