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Conflict Diamonds
 - Requirements for U.S. Importers and Exporters of Rough Diamonds
 - NEW Rough Diamond Regulations May 21, 2008
 - Kimberley Process Certification Scheme
 - Clean Diamond Trade Act
 - Executive Order Implementing the Clean Diamond Trade Act
 - Rough Diamond Control Regulations
 - Census 1-800-457-7328 Reporting Requirement
 - Updated Rough Diamond Import Procedures
 - What you Need to Know About Diamond Sanctions
 - Related Links
 - List of Current Kimberley Process Participants

Conflict Diamonds

"As a result of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, diamonds are among the most monitored and audited of any natural resource in the world.  This system has proven to be an essential and effective tool in combating the scourge of conflict diamonds."   
                                                                        --Eli Izhakoff, Chairman World Diamond Council

Diamond prospectors sift through the earth in the Corbert mine in Waiima, Sierra Leone. [© AP Images]
Diamond prospectors in Waiima, Sierra Leone. © AP Images

The Kimberley Process was launched in 2003 to control and monitor the trade in rough diamonds.  In just three years, the international community has made remarkable strides to certify the $30 billion annual international rough diamond trade by creating a documentary record of rough diamonds from mine to polishing.  Rough diamonds must be shipped in sealed containers and exported with a Kimberley Process Certificate which certifies that the diamonds are conflict free. 

The State Department coordinates U.S. Government interagency implementation of the Clean Diamond Trade Act of 2003.

For further information, contact the U.S. State Department's Special Advisor for Conflict Diamonds Brad Brooks-Rubin at 202-647-2856.

To obtain a Kimberley Process Certificate, contact the U.S. Kimberley Process Authority's General Counsel Cecilia Gardner 212-997-2002

FAQs on the Kimberly Process and how to obtain a certificate.

Other Links:


Mexico Added as Kimberley Process Participant : Public Notice

2008 New Delhi Kimberley Process Plenary Communique

Rough Diamond Trade with Venezuela : Public Notice

New Rough Diamond Regulations Issued: Media Note

State Department Blog: Diamonds: From Bloodshed to Reconstruction

Fact Sheet: Rough Diamonds and The Kimberley Process Get Acrobat Reader PDF version

UN General Assembly Resolution on the Role of Diamonds in Fuelling Conflict: Get Acrobat Reader PDF version

U.S. statement on U.N. General Assembly Resolution on the Role of Diamonds in Fuelling Conflict: Press Release

Rough Diamonds Seized in Anchorage | Press Release

Press Release: Kimberley Process publishes diamond statistics

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