U.S. Government Website for Kimberley Certificates and Importer/Exporter Requirements:
“It needs to be said, said, and said again that the KP has been successful in preventing diamonds that fund rebel groups from entering global supply chains. This achievement has played a valuable role in diminishing those conflicts the KP was concerned with during its establishment, and has contributed to maintaining the reputation of diamonds as symbols of purity, devotion, and enduring love.”
--Ambassador Gillian Milovanovic, 2012 Chair of the Kimberley Process
The above quote from our esteemed ambassador is a position in which I humbly must agree to disagree. Has he being working In the same Africa that I have been working in? Don’t get me started, I have already written on article on my feelings concerning the Kimberley Process. (See my website: Kimberley Process: A Fairy Tale Your Mother Never Told You.)
This article is not an attack on the good people who are trying to make the world a safer place for those smarter than they are. I have been doing some research and one of my clients was told by his bank today that in order to wire money to Sierra Leone or Guinea for rough diamonds they had to have a certificate from the U.S. government showing that they are engaged in the business of import/export of rough diamonds. Quite honestly, everyone I know who does business in Guinea and Sierra Leone told me they have never heard of this certification. The reason they had not heard of this regulation is because it does not exist. Always verify what you hear, even if it is your trusted bank.
While going over the government site, I saw the requirements for exporters/importers and thought the information might be of value to those of you considering import/export of rough diamonds. Clarity (no pun intended) has always been the focus of my website and of my articles. I hope this information is useful to you.
From the U.S. Government Website:
All imports and exports of rough diamonds must be accompanied by a Kimberley Process certificate. Exports of rough diamonds from the United States must be accompanied by a U.S. Kimberley Process certificate obtained from a U.S. Kimberley Process Authority licensee and validated by the U.S. Census Bureau. Imports and exports of rough diamonds must be sealed in a tamper-resistant container.
Packaging must have an indicator or barrier to entry that could reasonably be expected to provide visible evidence that tampering had occurred. Standard mailing and express consignment packaging, or such packaging that simply contains a resealable plastic bag, is not considered tamper-resistant. Rough diamonds may only be imported from, or exported to, countries that are participants in the Kimberley Process. The current list of participating countries can be found at: http://www.state.gov/e/eeb/diamonds/docs/113716.htm
All imports of rough diamonds, regardless of value of the shipment, must be entered by a formal entry for consumption using a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Form 3461 (Entry/Immediate Delivery) and a CBP Form 7501 (Entry Summary).
Exports of rough diamonds must be filed in the Automated Export System (AES) pre-departure regardless of the export value. The AES Internal Transaction Number (ITN) must be placed on the upper right corner of the Kimberley Process certificate document. Importers and exporters must fax a copy of all Kimberley Process certificates (U.S. and those received from other countries) to the U.S. Census Bureau at: 1-800-457-7328.
Rough diamonds from Côte d’Ivoire are prohibited from entering the United States because of a diamond embargo imposed in United Nations Security Council Resolution 1643 (2005). As of January 2010, rough diamonds from Venezuela and from the Marange region in Zimbabwe are subject to KP restrictions.
Rough diamond importers and exporters must retain records of all Kimberley Process (U.S. and foreign) certificates for five years. Rough diamond importers and exporters must file an annual report including total import and/or export activity and stockpile information via email to: USKimberleyProcess@state.gov. Reports for activity in the previous calendar year are due annually on April 1.
For more information see: www.state.gov/e/eeb/diamonds.
U.S. Department of State, Special Advisor for Conflict Diamonds, 202-647-2856
U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division, 301-763-2259
Office of Foreign Assets Control, Compliance, Hotline, 202-622-2490
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Enforcement Policy Branch, 202-863-6627
Louis Pearl G.G.
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