Export restrictions and licences

Importing art is now much easier !

Poland is known to have strong laws forbidding export of objects of art older than 50 years.
Now, since June 2010 according to the new regulation export of art objects is subject also to their market value .

There are two factors that affect the export possibility : age (limit of 50 years) and value.
Depending on the media of an item, there are value limits below which export is free of charge and time consuming paperwork.

For example:

  • limit to paintings is set to 10 000 euro
  • paper works limit = 4000 euro
  • sculptures limit = 5000 euro
  • photographs, maps, books limit= 1500 euro


If an object is:
older than 50 years and its value < limitnewer than 50 years and its value > limit no special action required
older than 50 years and value > limit export licence is obligatory


Since 2012 the licence may be delivered for a State flat fee amounting to 25 euro, provided the lot is not classified as a part of national heritage .

On must consider important administrative delays that may even be of 3 months in some cases.
In some rare cases, when the object is of great cultural value for the Polish State , the licence may be refused at all.

Re-export exemption
Lots previously imported to Poland within 3 years from European Union are exempt of the fee.

Collecting personal information
We are also obliged by law to collect the personal data of buyers (address, id no) spending or receiving by sale, amounts exceeding 15 000 euro (or equivalent in Pln).