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National Heritage Resources Act, 1999 (Act No.25 of 1999)


South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) Permit Regulations

Chapter VII : Application for Permit to Export a  Heritage Object (Section 32(21))

24. Conditions for temporary and permanent export of objects


(1) Application for a temporary or permanent export permit must be made to SAHRA by the curator of the collection concerned.


(2) Permits for the temporary export of objects may be issued for maximum period of two years, and may be renewed: Provided that application is made at least 45 days before expiry of the permit.


(3) Objects on temporary loan must be returned to South Africa at the expense of the person or institution borrowing them or his/her heirs, as the case may be. SAHRA may, at its discretion, require the payment of a financial deposit by the borrower.


(4) Permits for the temporary or permanent export of archaeological and palaeontological material and meteorites will normally be given only to qualified researchers and to institutions with established collections. No material thus temporarily exported may be sold or transferred to another institution without prior permission from SAHRA.


(5) The permit holder must pack all objects for export carefully and in a manner approved by SAHRA to prevent damage, and must label all such material with the institutional accession number and mark all packets and boxes with the name of the site and the name and address of the institution to which the material belongs.


(6) If an object is being sold with a view to its permanent exportation from the Republic, the seller must inform all potential purchasers in advance that a SAHRA permit is required before the object may be exported. SAHRA shall not be liable for any loss or damage incurred by either the seller or the purchaser in this regard.