6 May 2019
China Customs Service Mandated to Block Imports of ‘Conflict Diamonds’
The General Administration of Customs (GAC) has been designated as the administrative department with overall responsibility for implementing the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme throughout China. The United Nations-backed Scheme, first introduced in 2003, is the centerpiece of international efforts to ensure illicitly-traded diamonds (so-called “conflict diamonds”) cannot be used to fund rebel groups or terrorist movements.
Under the terms of an amendment to the Administrative Provisions of the People’s Republic of China on the Implementation of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, the GAC (as well as any of its designated agents) will be responsible for verifying the country of origin of all China’s rough diamond imports, as well as verifying, inspecting and issuing any relevant certification. This will see only rough diamonds imported from fellow Kimberley Process Certification Scheme member nations secure entry approval.
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