Export 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.

Rough diamonds

You can only export rough diamonds within the EU and to countries in the Kimberley Process (KP) scheme or your goods may be seized.

You must get a certificate to export rough diamonds outside the EU.

How to apply

A Kimberley certificate costs £37.

Contact the Government Diamond Office to apply.

Government Diamond Office
Telephone: 020 7008 6903 or 020 7008 5797
Fax: 020 7008 3905
Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 3:30pm
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You can also apply by post.

Government Diamond Office
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Room WH1.211
King Charles Street

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

Published 7 November 2016