Belgium Posts Increase in Import/Export of Rough Diamonds
(January 17, '10, 11:00 Edon Ophir)

Belgium imported 
6.57 million
of rough in December

Belgium’s rough diamond exports rose last month by 264 percent compared to December 2008, having exported 11.96 million carats worth $851.7 million, a 176.5 percent increase, according to figures released by the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC).


Rough exports declined by 16.5 percent to 96.5 million carats, and by 31 percent to $7.4 billion, in 2009.


Belgium imported 6.57 million carats of rough goods in December with a value of $483.8 million, a 46.1 percent and 100.3 percent increase compared to last year. Rough diamond imports by Belgium decreased by 22.9 percent to 85.6 million carats, and by 39.2 percent to $6.37 billion, during 2009.