Since 2001, the bilateral agreement that imposes import restrictions on Italian antiquities from entering the U.S. has shown America’s commitment to protecting an important part of our world heritage. This gesture of goodwill has also led Italy to allow long-term loans of important artifacts and works of art to American museums and institutions, so that the American public can learn more about Italy’s rich and storied past.
On September 8 2005, the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) held hearings to decide whether to renew the agreement. SAFE’s online appeal in support of renewal was presented at the hearings, as evidence that people in America, and around the world, care about protecting this important part of our global heritage.
The agreement was renewed in January, 2006, 2011 and is up for renewal in 2016.