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Collecting, Trading, Transferring and Protecting Cultural Property

July 2005

On 1 June 2005, the new Swiss Federal Act on the International Transfer of Cultural Property (“CPTA”) entered into force. The new Act deals with the protection of cultural heritage, regulates the import, transit and export of cultural property, introduces certain duties of diligence regarding the trade of cultural objects, and regulates the return of stolen or illicitly exported cultural property. Its provisions are of particular relevance to art dealers and auctioneers, museums, collectors and persons involved in the shipping and transporting of cultural property.

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