Export rough diamonds: special rules

You need a certificate to export rough diamonds.

You can export jewels, gold and precious metals without a licence or certificate, except for uncut (rough) diamonds.

There’s a ban on exporting precious and semi precious stones, gold and silver items and other luxury goods to North Korea or Syria.

Some countries may have import rules for certain goods. You can check by talking to your importer or getting help researching your export market.

Brexit update

Find out what you may need to do to prepare for trading internationally in rough diamonds once the UK has left the EU.

Rough diamonds

You can only export rough diamonds within the EU and to countries in the Kimberley Process (KP) Certification Scheme or your goods may be seized. The Kimberley Process regulates the international trade in rough diamonds.

You must get a KP certificate to export each rough diamond shipment outside the EU.

How to apply

You must apply for a KP certificate from the Government Diamond Office. A certificate costs £37.

Once you’ve received your KP certificate, attach it to your consignment.

Government Diamond Office
Telephone: 020 7008 6903 or 020 7008 5797
Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 3:30pm
Find out about call charges

Privacy notice

The Government Diamond Office privacy notice describes how the GDO manages the personal data that it receives for rough diamond trade related activities. It explains how the GDO will use your personal data, and what your rights are in relation to our use of your personal data.

Published 7 November 2016
Last updated 12 October 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added link to Brexit guidance.
  2. Privacy notice, guidance on the Kimberley Process and on applying for a certificate added.
  3. First published.