United States and Nicaragua Extend Memorandum of Understanding

07 Oct 2015 2:03 PM | Anonymous

United States and Nicaragua Extend Memorandum of Understanding

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

October 6, 2015


The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the extension, effective October 20, 2015, of the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Nicaragua Concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Archaeological Material from the Pre-Hispanic Cultures of the Republic of Nicaragua (Agreement), for a period of five years. The Agreement, which first entered into force October 26, 2000, builds on the United States’ ongoing commitment to cultural preservation and respect for the heritage of other countries.

Under the terms of the amended Agreement and accompanying import restriction, a restricted object may enter the United States under certain circumstances, as long as no other applicable U.S. laws are violated. The restriction allows importation of an object accompanied by (a) documentation of lawful exportation issued by the Government of the Republic of Nicaragua or (b) evidence that that the object left Nicaragua prior to October 26, 2000, or at least ten years before it entered the United States. The Designated List of restricted types of objects, published by Customs and Border Patrol, and information about the Agreement can be found at


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