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U.S. opts for “self-certification” to enforce Russian diamond ban

From today, March 1, importers bringing polished diamonds of one carat or more into the United States will need to provide “self-certification” that their diamonds aren’t from Russia.

New rules issued today by U.S. Customs and Border Protection say that qualifying diamond imports must be accompanied by a PDF document on company letterhead with one of two comments.

For nonindustrial diamonds weighing at least one carat, the document should say: “I certify that the nonindustrial diamonds in this shipment were not mined, extracted, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part in the Russian Federation, notwithstanding whether such diamonds have been substantially transformed into other products outside of the Russian Federation.”

For diamond jewelry and unsorted diamonds that meet the same weight threshold, the wording should be: “I certify that the diamond jewelry and unsorted diamonds in this shipment are not of Russian Federation origin or were not exported from the Russian Federation.”

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