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Rough diamonds, as defined under the Import and Export (General) Regulations Chapter 60A, Laws of Hong Kong (Opens a new window) , means diamonds that are unworked or simply sawn, cleaved or bruted.

Under the Regulations, any persons conducting business of importing, exporting, buying, selling or carrying rough diamonds must registered with the Trade and Industry Department (Opens a new window) and comply with certain requirements. However, persons that fall under paragraph 1A of reg. 6DB of the Regulations (Opens a new window) and only carry on business of carrying rough diamonds are exempted from the registration requirement with the Trade and Industry Department. Under the Import and Export Ordinance Chapter 60, Laws of Hong Kong (Opens a new window) , import of rough diamonds is subject to licensing control. Importers must obtain a Kimberley Process Certificate (Import) issued by the Trade and Industry Department before importing any consignment of rough diamonds.

Registered carriers, couriers or freight forwarders or persons who carry on business of carrying rough diamonds and fall under paragraph 1A of reg. 6DB of Regulations (Opens a new window) are exempted from obtaining a Kimberley Process Certificate (Import) for consignments of rough diamonds in transit or as air transshipment cargo, on condition that the rough diamonds are sealed in a container, and that the container has not been tampered with and the seals on the container remain intact. Transshipment of rough diamonds by other transportation modes covered by a through bill of lading or a through air waybill may be exempted from the certification requirements, provided that the registered carriers, couriers or freight forwarders have applied for transshipment exemption and complies with the conditions of exemption.

Enquiries (Opens a new window) can be made to the Non-Textiles Licensing Unit of the Trade and Industry Department at Room 101A 1/F, Trade and Industry Department Tower, 700 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

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