|The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) has released Belgium's rough and polished diamond trading statistics for the first nine months of 2016 (January-September), which show a decrease in both volume and value of polished diamond imports and exports, alongside increases in volume and value of rough diamond imports and exports.
Exports of polished diamonds from the country during the period reached 4.17 million carats, valued at US$9.33 billion, down respectively 9.64 percent and 8.68 percent, year-over-year (YoY). Imports were also down, with 4.73 million carats (down 9.16 percent YoY), at US$10.18 billion (down 9.44 percent YoY).
Rough diamond exports for the nine-month period increased 14.73 percent by volume YoY to 80.75 million carats, and rose 12.43 percent by value to US$9.82 billion.
Imports of rough diamonds for the period were 69.86 million carats, 11.66 percent higher compared with the previous year, and US$9.29 billion by value, an increase of 7.86 percent YoY.Rough diamond imports and exports in the month of September show significant growth when compared with the previous year: Rough exports increased 26.04 percent by volume to 10.78 million carats, and a huge 60.92 percent in value to US$1.42 billion. Rough imports were also up significantly, with 10.16 million carats imported during the month, valued at US$870 million, up 45.61 percent and 39.07 percent respectively.