Guidance

The Government Diamond Office

How to export diamonds legally from the UK.

Overview

The Government Diamond Office is responsible for the implementation of the KP regulations in the UK and issuing authority for Kimberley Process Certificates. We work closely with HM Revenue & Customs, the UK diamond industry, the EC and civil society groups to implement the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) to combat the trade in illicit ‘conflict diamonds’.

The KPCS is a set of standards that regulates the trade in rough diamonds. It sets out the way in which each participating country handles the imports and exports of rough diamonds, as well as its internal controls for ensuring that domestic trading and processing are not contaminated by illicit sales.

Kimberley Certificates

Every rough diamond entering the UK or being exported outside of the EU must be accompanied by a Kimberly Certificate. There are no exceptions and the certificate must be acquired in advance. We recommend that exporters do not arrange transfer of diamonds until a certificate has been obtained.

Rough diamonds can only be imported from and exported to KPCS participating countries. A list of participating countries can be found at Kimberley Process.

Charge for Kimberley Certificates

We charge a fee for producing and issuing Kimberley Certificates. The cost of a certificate is £37.

Contact

If you would like to apply for a Kimberley Certificate to export rough diamonds out of the EU, please contact the Government Diamond Office (GDO) on:

  • Telephone: 020 7008 6903/5797
  • Fax: 020 7008 3905

Or you can write to us at: Government Diamond Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Room WH1.211, King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AH

The GDO is open between 09:30 and 15:30 Monday - Friday. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide a walk-in service.

Further information

The GDO consultation on the Kimberley Process Certificate Fee

The results of the GDO consultation on the Kimberley Process Certificate Fee

The Kimberley Process (2014) Fees Regulations

HMRC Guide to importing and exporting: Breaking down the barriers

A practical guide for Kimberley Process Participants and companies involved in trade in rough diamonds with the EU.

Further details on the KPCS can be found on the Kimberley Process website.

Further details of KPCS implementation in the EU are available from the European Commission website.

UK diamond trade association, The London Diamond Bourse.

International diamond organisation, The World Diamond Council.