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U.S. Reiterates Rough Diamond Suspension on Venezuela, CAR

May 18, 2015 1:23 PM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT...  The U.S. Department of State published an update on the Clean Diamond Trade Act of 2003, specifically regarding participating countries and entities in the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. The latest revision follows an update from August 11, 2014 and reflects some changes to country trade bodies, adds Mali and  reiterates the suspension on trading diamonds with  Venezuela  and the Central African Republic (CAR). 

Section 4 of the Clean Diamond Trade Act requires the U.S. president to prohibit the importation into, or the exportation from, the U.S. of any rough diamond, from whatever source, that has not been controlled through the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. Section 6(b) requires the president to publish  a list of all participants, and all importing and exporting authorities, while section 3(4)  defines "importing authority" as one or more entities designated by a participant  to enforce the laws and regulations of the  Kimberley Process.
The following list names countries and their appropriate rough diamond trading entities: 

Angola -- Ministry of Geology and Mines.

Armenia -- Ministry of Trade and Economic Development.

Australia -- exports, Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources; imports,  Australian Customs Service.

Bangladesh -- Ministry of Commerce.

Belarus -- Department of Finance.

Botswana -- Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources.

Brazil -- Ministry of Mines and Energy.

Cambodia -- Ministry of Commerce.

Cameroon -- National Permanent Secretariat for the Kimberley Process in Cameroon.

Canada -- Natural Resources Canada.

China -- General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

Congo, Democratic Republic of the -- Ministry of Mines.

Congo, Republic of the -- Ministry of Mines.

Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) -- Ministry of Mines and Energy.

European Union -- DG/External Relations/A.2.

Ghana -- Precious Minerals and Marketing Company Ltd.

Guinea -- Ministry of Mines and Geology.

Guyana -- Geology and Mines Commission.

India -- The Gem and Jewelry Export Promotion Council.

Indonesia -- Directorate General of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Trade.

Israel -- The Diamond Controller.

Japan -- Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Kazakhstan -- Ministry of Finance.

Korea, South -- Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy.

Laos -- Ministry of Finance.

Lebanon -- Ministry of Economy and Trade.

Lesotho -- Commissioner of Mines and Geology.

Liberia -- Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy.

Malaysia -- Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

Mali -- Office of Expertise, Evaluation and Certification of Rough Diamonds.

Mauritius -- Ministry of Commerce.

Mexico -- Economic Secretariat.

Namibia -- Ministry of Mines and Energy.

New Zealand -- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Norway -- The Norwegian Goldsmiths' Association.

Panama -- National Customs Authority.

Russia -- Ministry of Finance.

Sierra Leone -- Government Gold and Diamond Office.

Singapore -- Singapore Customs.

South Africa -- South African Diamond Board.

Sri Lanka -- National Gem and Jewellery Authority.

Swaziland -- Office of the Commissioner of Mines.

Switzerland -- State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.

Taiwan (Participating as Chinese Taipei--Bureau of Foreign Trade.

Tanzania -- Commissioner for Minerals.

Thailand -- Ministry of Commerce.

Togo -- Ministry of Mines and Geology.

Turkey -- Istanbul Gold Exchange.

Ukraine -- State Gemological Centre of Ukraine.

United Arab Emirates -- Dubai Multi-Commodities Center.

United States of America -- imports, U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection; exports, U.S. Census Bureau.

Vietnam -- Ministry of Trade.

Zimbabwe -- Ministry of Mines and Mining Development.


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