19 CFR 10.53 - Antiques.

§ 10.53 Antiques.

(a) Articles accompanying a passenger and entitled to entry under the passenger's declaration and entry, or articles entered under an informal entry which are claimed to be free of duty under subheading 9706.00.00, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), may be admitted free of duty upon the execution of a declaration on the face of the entry, or its electronic equivalent, provided that the passenger or person filing the informal entry is the owner of the articles and that they are for his personal use and not for sale or other commercial use and provided the Customs officer concerned is satisfied that the articles are of the requisite age.

(b) Antiques of the age prescribed by subheading 9706.00.00, HTSUS, or admitted under the provisions of paragraph (e) of this section, shall be admitted free of duty though repaired or renovated. If, however, an antique has been repaired with a substantial amount of additional material, without changing the original form or shape, the original and added portions shall be appraised and reported as separate entities and the basis for such report shall be plainly indicated on the invoice by the appraiser. In such cases duty shall be assessed on the portion added. If the repairs consist of an addition to an article of a feature which changes it substantially from the article originally produced, or if the antique portion has otherwise been so changed as to lose its identity as the article which was in existence prior to the time prescribed in subheading 9706.00.00, HTSUS, the entire article shall be excluded from free entry under subheading 9706.00.00, HTSUS.

(c) Except for furniture admitted under the provisions of paragraph (e) of this section, furniture claimed to be free of duty under subheading 9706.00.00, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) may be entered for consumption at any port of entry within the customs territory of the United States. Furniture as used in this section of the regulations is defined as ‘movable articles of convenience or decoration for use in furnishing a house, apartment, place of business or accommodation’. This definition embraces most articles claimed to be free of duty as antiques.

(d) A claim for the free entry of an article under subheading 9706.00.00, HTSUS on the basis of antiquity may be made on the entry, or filed after entry at any time prior to liquidation of the entry, provided the article has not been released from Customs custody or it has been found upon examination before such release to be described in subheading 9706.00.00, HTSUS.

(e) Antique articles otherwise prohibited entry by the Endangered Species Act of 1973 ( 16 U.S.C. 1521, et seq.) may be entered if:

(1) The article is composed in whole or in part of any endangered or threatened species listed in 50 CFR 17.11 or 17.12,

(2) The article is not less than 100 years of age,

(3) The article has not been repaired or modified with any part of any such endangered or threatened species, on or after December 28, 1973,

(4) The article is entered at a port designated in § 12.26 of this chapter,

(5) A Declaration for Importation or Exportation of Fish or Wildlife (USFWS Form 3-177, or its electronic equivalent) is filed at the time of entry with the port director who will forward the form to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and

(6) The importer meets the requirements of paragraph (a) of this section.

(f) The additional duty imposed by additional U.S. Note 2, Chapter 97, HTSUS, shall apply to any article which is imported for sale and claimed, either at the time of entry or at a later date, to be free of duty under subheading 9706.00.00, HTSUS, if such article is later found to be unauthentic in respect of the antiquity claimed as a basis for such free entry, unless the claim under subheading 9706.00.00, HTSUS, is withdrawn in writing before the examination of the article for the purpose of appraisement or classification has begun.

(g) The additional duty provided for in additional U.S. Note 2, Chapter 97, HTSUS shall not be assessed if the importer established by evidence satisfactory to the Center director that the article was not imported for sale. In the case of any article imported in a passenger's baggage or entered under an informal entry, the Customs officer concerned may accept the statement of the owner that the article was not imported for sale if he is satisfied of the truth of such statement.

[ 28 FR 14663, Dec. 31, 1963]
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United States Code
U.S. Code: Title 15 - COMMERCE AND TRADE
U.S. Code: Title 19 - CUSTOMS DUTIES

§ 66 - Rules and forms prescribed by Secretary

§ 1202 - Harmonized Tariff Schedule

§ 1309 - Supplies for certain vessels and aircraft

§ 1313 - Drawback and refunds

§ 1317 - Tobacco products; supplies for certain vessels and aircraft

§ 1321 - Administrative exemptions

§ 1322 - International traffic and rescue work; United States-Mexico Boundary Treaty of 1970

§ 1401a - Value

§ 1402 - Repealed. Pub. L. 96–39, title II, § 201(b), July 26, 1979, 93 Stat. 201

§ 1434 - Entry; vessels

§ 1435 - Repealed. Pub. L. 103–182, title VI, § 690(b)(2), Dec. 8, 1993, 107 Stat. 2223

§ 1481 - Invoice; contents

§ 1484 - Entry of merchandise

§ 1486 - Administration of oaths

§ 1498 - Entry under regulations

§ 1508 - Recordkeeping

§ 1520 - Refunds and errors

§ 1557 - Entry for warehouse

§ 1623 - Bonds and other security

§ 1624 - General regulations

§ 2112 note - Barriers to and other distortions of trade

§ 2461 - Authority to extend preferences

§ 2462 - Designation of beneficiary developing countries

§ 2463 - Designation of eligible articles

§ 2464 - Review and report to Congress

§ 2465 - Date of termination

§ 2466 - Agricultural exports of beneficiary developing countries

§ 2466a - Designation of sub-Saharan African countries for certain benefits

§ 2466b - Termination of benefits for sub-Saharan African countries

§ 2467 - Definitions

§ 2501 - Short title

§ 2701 - Authority to grant duty-free treatment

§ 2702 - Beneficiary country

§ 2703 - Eligible articles

§ 2703a - Special rules for Haiti

19 U.S. Code § 2703a - Special rules for Haiti

§ 2704 - International Trade Commission reports on impact of Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Program

§ 2705 - Impact study by Secretary of Labor

§ 2706 - Effective date

§ 2707 - Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade

§ 3203 - Eligible articles

§ 3314 - Implementing actions in anticipation of entry into force and initial regulations

§ 3592 - Rules of origin for textile and apparel products

§ 3721 - Treatment of certain textiles and apparel

§ 3805 - Implementation of trade agreements

§ 4001 note - Purposes

Statutes at Large
Public Laws