Diamonds and other precious stones - Export license

This page was last modified on 15-01-2018

Operators who intend to export diamonds and other precious stones out of the European Union must have an export license.

In Luxembourg, these export authorisations (called license) are issued by the Licensing Office (Office des Licences) on behalf of the Commission administrative belgo-luxembourgeoise (CABL).

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Who is concerned

Any operator (natural person or legal person) must apply for a license if he wishes to export the following out of the European Union (EU) :

  • either rough diamonds
  • or diamonds (other than rough diamonds), precious or synthetic stones.

Rough diamonds

Retail trade of rough diamonds is only allowed between countries participating in the Kimberley Process (KP). All the Member States of the European Union are members of the Kimberley Process. The Process aims to guarantee that diamonds are not used to finance armed conflicts ('conflict diamonds' or 'blood diamonds').

In Luxembourg, the Diamond Office controls every single diamond before validating the Kimberley certificate which is needed to obtain an export license.

Following this procedure, the Licensing Office will issue the licenses required to export rough diamonds.

The rough diamonds concerned are only those whose customs tariff classification number (Combined Nomenclature code) is one of the following:

CN codes for rough diamonds

Diamonds, unworked or simply sawn, cleaved or bruted

7102 1000

7102 2100

7102 3100

Diamonds (other than rough diamonds), precious or synthetic stones

In order to export diamonds (other than rough diamonds), precious or synthetic stones, please contact the Licensing Office directly.

The diamonds (other than rough diamonds) and stones concerned are those whose customs tariff classification number (CN code) is one of the following:

CN codes for diamonds (other than rough diamonds), precious or synthetic stones

Diamonds, whether or not worked, but not mounted or set

7102 2900

7102 3900

Precious stones (other than diamonds) whether or not worked or graded but not strung, mounted or set

7103 1000

7103 9100

7103 9900

Synthetic or reconstructed precious or semi-precious stones, whether or not worked or graded but not strung, mounted or set

7104 1000

7104 2000

7104 9000

Dust and powder of natural or synthetic precious or semi-precious stones

7105 1000

7105 9000

 

Prerequisites

First of all, the applicant has to know the precise tariff classification of goods (CN, TARIC) of the goods concerned.

The operator can find this information:

Duration and deadlines

Export licenses are normally issued within 3 working days provided the application file is complete.

In principle, the licenses are valid for several exports, provided the quantities indicated in the license are not exceeded. The validity period of the license depends on the transactions and does normally not exceed a period of 4-12 months maximum.

How to proceed

Rough diamonds

In order to export rough diamonds out of the European Union (EU), the exporter has to:

  • declare the carat weight, quality, origin or provenance of the diamonds to the Diamond Office;
  • send the following for control and certification purposes to experts authorised by the Diamond Office:
    • diamonds are contained in sealed tamper-resistant containers;
    • a copy of the Kimberley Process certificate (KP certificate) validated by the Diamond Office at the time the diamonds enter Luxembourg.

The Diamond Office issues a new KP certificate to the exporter which he must keep for 3 years together with the copy of the invoice.

German operators may, if they so wish, use the services of the Hauptzollamt Koblenz, Zollamt Idar-Oberstein, instead of the Diamond Office.

The operator must then:

  • send the original and signed application for an export license to the Licensing Office together with the following documents:
    • the copy of the KP certificate validated by the Diamond Office at the time of the first import;
    • the new KP certificate issued by the Diamond Office, where applicable;
    • a copy of the invoice / proforma invoice;
  • go to the Diamond Office with the export license issued by the Licensing Office in order to collect the diamonds with a view to their export.

In the event of justified emergency, the application for an export license may be submitted by email. In this case, the original application file must be submitted at the time the export license is collected.

Diamonds (other than rough diamonds), precious or synthetic stones

In order to export diamonds (other than rough diamonds), precious and synthetic stones out of the EU, the exporter must send the following to the Licensing Office:

In the event of justified emergency, the application for an export license may be submitted by email. In this case, the original application file must be submitted at the time the export license is collected.

Using the license

The operator must present the license to the customs at the time of the export declaration for the goods concerned.

The customs will stamp the license and:

  • return it to the operator if the indicated quantities have not yet been used up;
  • or send it back to the Licensing Office if the quantities have been used up or if the validity date has expired.

The operator must send his licenses back to the Licensing Office:

  • when the planned transactions have been concluded;
  • or within 10 days after the end of their validity date (even if they have not been used or only partially used).

Who to contact

Ministère de l'Economie
19-21, boulevard Royal
L-2449 - Luxembourg
Postal box BP 113 / L-2011 Luxembourg
Luxembourg
Phone: (+352) 22 61 62
Fax: (+352) 46 61 38
Email office.licences@eco.etat.lu

22, Hovenierstraat
B-2018 - Anvers
Belgique


197, Hauptstraße
D-55743 - Idar-Oberstein
Allemagne
Phone: (+49) 6781 56 270
Fax: (+49) 6781 56 2719
Email poststelle@zabir.bfinv.de