We are delighted to report that as of 29th September, the ’2008 Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE Act’ was adopted whereby both Burma Jadeite and Rubies can no longer be imported into the United States.’ A new U.S. Harmonized Tariff Code System adopted by Customs and Border Protection encompasses all jadeite and rubies, traveling through any third-party country, originating from Myanmar for commercial use. This bill does not address sales of any inventory of Burmese jadeite or rubies currently in the U.S. so although Fay Cullen Inc. is not purchasing Burma rubies or jade at this time, we will continue to offer antique jewelry mounted with these precious stones.
Congressman Tom Lantos is seen above, shortly before his death with. His Holiness the Dalai Lama on stage during the presentation ceremony for the Congressional Gold Medal in the Capitol Rotunda on October 17, 2007.(Image: ICT/Sonam Zoksang)
Tom Lantos was a philanthropist and an avid defender of human rights who initiated the ’2008 Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE Act’. Congressman Lantos passed away on February 11, 2008 after a long battle with cancer, his legacy remains.