Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Archaeo-blogger Rick St. Hilaire seeks to smear an entire industry by suggesting that a difference in values of art and artifacts exported from the UK to the US as recorded by the authorities may be due to money laundering. But both the US and UK use the same customs codes and UK and US authorities should have access to the same customs documentation. Moreover, there is no tax dodge involved; art and artifacts enter duty free. So, isn't it far more likely that instead of evidence of money laundering, what we have is simply evidence that UK authorities are more efficient at data collection?