Diamonds and other precious stones - Export license

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Following the new law of 27 June 2018 on export controls as published in the Mémorial A No 603 of 20 July 2018, some information is no longer correct; a legal update of the relevant texts and forms is currently in progress.
For more information, please contact the Office for Export, Import and Transit Controls ( Office du contrôle des exportations, importations et du transit - OCEIT), formerly called the Licensing Office.

 

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 Office for Export, Import and Transit Controls (OCEIT) on behalf of the Commission administrative belgo-luxembourgeoise (CABL).

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 Office for Export, Import and Transit Controls 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 Office for Export, Import and Transit Controls 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 as follows:

Deadlines

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

In principle, the licenses are valid for several imports, 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 by the 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 Office for Export, Import and Transit Controls 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 Office for Export, Import and Transit Controls in order to collect the diamonds with a view to their export.

In the event of justified emergency, the application for an import 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 Office for Export, Import and Transit Controls:

In the event of justified emergency, the application for an import license may be submitted by email. In this case, the original application file must be submitted at the time the export licence 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 office 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 Office for Export, Import and Transit Controls if the quantities have been used up or if the validity date has expired.

The operator must send his licenses back to the Office for Export, Import and Transit Controls:

  • 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).

Forms / Online services

Licence d'exportation

Les informations qui vous concernent recueillies sur ce formulaire font l’objet d’un traitement par l’administration concernée afin de mener à bien votre demande.

Ces informations sont conservées pour la durée nécessaire par l’administration à la réalisation de la finalité du traitement

Les destinataires de vos données sont les administrations compétentes dans le cadre du traitement de votre demande. Veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée par votre demande pour connaître les destinataires des données figurant sur ce formulaire. Conformément au règlement (UE) 2016/679 relatif à la protection des personnes physiques à l'égard du traitement des données à caractère personnel et à la libre circulation de ces données, vous bénéficiez d’un droit d’accès, de rectification et le cas échéant d’effacement des informations vous concernant. Vous disposez également du droit de retirer votre consentement à tout moment.

En outre et excepté le cas où le traitement de vos données présente un caractère obligatoire, vous pouvez, pour des motifs légitimes, vous y opposer.

Si vous souhaitez exercer ces droits et/ou obtenir communication de vos informations, veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée suivant les coordonnées indiquées dans le formulaire. Vous avez également la possibilité d’introduire une réclamation auprès de la Commission nationale pour la protection des données ayant son siège à 1 Avenue du Rock'n'Roll, L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette.

En poursuivant votre démarche, vous acceptez que vos données personnelles soient traitées dans le cadre de votre demande.

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