[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 148 (Wednesday, August 1, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 45479-45480]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-18670]



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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; 
Correction

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

ACTION: Final rule; correction; correcting amendment.

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SUMMARY: On July 13, 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 
published in the Federal Register a final rule reflecting an extension 
of import restrictions on certain archaeological and ethnological 
materials from Cyprus and announcing that the Designated List of 
materials covered by the restrictions has been revised. The Designated 
List and the regulatory text in that document contain language which is 
inadvertently not consistent with the rest of the document as to the 
historical period that the import restrictions cover for ecclesiastical 
and ritual ethnological materials from Cyprus. This document corrects 
the inconsistent language to clarify that ecclesiastical and ritual 
ethnological materials from Cyprus representing the Byzantine and Post 
Byzantine periods, dating from approximately the 4th century A.D. to 
1850 A.D., are subject to the import restrictions.

DATES: Effective Date: The corrections set forth in this document are 
effective on August 1, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill Conrad, Trade and Commercial 
Regulations Branch, Regulations and Rulings, Office of International 
Trade, (202) 325-0268.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    On July 13, 2012, CBP published in the Federal Register (77 FR 
41266), as CBP Decision Number 12-13, a final rule reflecting an 
extension of import restrictions on certain archaeological and 
ethnological materials from Cyprus and announcing that the Designated 
List of materials covered by the restrictions (also published with CBP 
Dec. 12-13) has been revised to reflect that the ethnological articles 
previously covered under the list through the Byzantine period (through 
approximately the 15th century A.D.) are also covered if dating through 
the Post-Byzantine period (to 1850 A.D.). The Designated List contains 
a list of certain archaeological materials and a list of certain 
ethnological materials. The revisions were limited to the list of 
ethnological materials.
    The rule also announced an amendment to the list of ethnological 
materials to clarify that certain mosaics of stone and wall paintings 
(referred to as ``wall hangings'' in CBP Dec. 12-13) include those 
depicting images of Saints along with those depicting images of Christ, 
Archangels, and the Apostles. The restrictions were extended for a 
five-year period (through July 16, 2017) 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.
    In CBP Dec. 12-13, the title of the Designated List was erroneously 
abbreviated where the Department of State Web site is listed. This 
document corrects the omission and clarifies that the covered 
ecclesiastical and ritual ethnological materials are those dating to 
the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine periods. In the list of ethnological 
materials, CBP inadvertently retained references to the Byzantine 
period. As the list was revised to cover listed ethnological materials 
if dating to the Post-Byzantine period as well, references to the 
Byzantine period in the list are inconsistent and misleading. This 
document corrects the oversight and removes all references to the 
Byzantine period in the list. In addition, this document corrects the 
language in Amendatory Instruction number 2 of CBP Dec. 12-13 which 
imprecisely set forth in the amended regulation the end point of the 
time period applicable to the ethnological materials covered by the 
restrictions. This correction remedies an inconsistency with the time 
period which was correctly reflected in the heading of the list of 
ethnological materials found on page 41269 of the published document 
(in the first column).

Correction of Publication

    Accordingly, the publication on July 13, 2012 of the final 
regulation (CBP Dec. 12-13), which was the subject of FR Doc. 2012-
16989, is corrected as follows:
    Preamble:
    1. In the first column on page 41267, in the last paragraph that 
extends into the second column, first sentence, remove the words ``and 
Ecclesiastical and Ritual Ethnological Materials'' and add in their 
place the words ``and Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Period 
Ecclesiastical and Ritual Ethnological Materials'';
    2. In the first column on page 41269:
    a. Under the heading ``B. Lead,'' remove the words ``date to the 
Byzantine period and'', and
    b. Under the heading ``II. Wood,'' in the first sentence, remove 
the words ``during the Byzantine period'';
    3. In the second column on page 41269:
    a. Under the heading ``V. Textiles--Ritual Garments,'' in the first 
sentence, remove the words ``from the Byzantine period'',
    b. Under the heading ``A. Wall Mosaics,'' in the first sentence, 
remove the words ``Dating to the Byzantine period, wall mosaics'' and 
add in their place the words ``Wall mosaics'', and
    c. Under the heading ``VII. Frescoes/Wall Paintings,'' in the first 
sentence, remove the words ``the Byzantine period''.
    Correcting amendment:


Sec.  12.104g(a)  [Amended]

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4. In Sec.  12.104g(a), the table of the list of agreements imposing 
import

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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 entry and adding in its place the 
following entry: ``Archaeological material of pre-Classical and 
Classical periods ranging approximately from the 8th millennium B.C. to 
330 A.D. and ecclesiastical and ritual ethnological material 
representing the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine periods ranging from 
approximately the 4th century A.D. to 1850 A.D.''

    Dated: July 26, 2012.
Harold M. Singer,
Director, Regulations and Disclosure Law Division, U.S. Customs and 
Border Protection.
Heidi Cohen,
Senior Counsel for Regulatory Affairs, Office of the Assistant General 
Counsel for General Law, Ethics & Regulation, Department of the 
Treasury.
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