Diamond Imports by Country

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Global purchases of imported diamond totaled US$117.3 billion in 2017.

Overall, the value of diamond imports for all importing countries fell by an average -15.8% since 2013 when diamond purchases were valued at $139.3 billion. Year over year, imported diamonds depreciated by a modest -1.7% from 2016 to 2017.

From a continental perspective, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of imported diamonds during 2017 with purchases valued at $70.5 billion or 60.1% of the global total. In second place were North American importers at 20.2% while 17.6% of worldwide diamond imports were delivered to European countries.

Smaller percentages were delivered to Africa (1.5%), Oceania (0.4%) and Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean (0.1%).

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 7102 for non-mounted and unset diamonds.

Diamond Imports by Country

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that imported the highest dollar value worth of diamonds during 2017:

  1. United States: US$23.2 billion (19.8% of total diamond imports)
  2. India: $21.9 billion (18.7%)
  3. Hong Kong: $20.6 billion (17.5%)
  4. Belgium: $13.7 billion (11.7%)
  5. United Arab Emirates: $8.4 billion (7.1%)
  6. China: $7.9 billion (6.7%)
  7. Israel: $6.7 billion (5.7%)
  8. Switzerland: $2.5 billion (2.1%)
  9. United Kingdom: $2.4 billion (2.1%)
  10. Thailand: $1.9 billion (1.6%)
  11. Singapore: $1.4 billion (1.2%)
  12. Botswana: $1.1 billion (0.9%)
  13. Japan: $794 million (0.7%)
  14. France: $766.8 million (0.7%)
  15. Italy: $690.2 million (0.6%)

Four importers were the fastest-growing markets for diamond since 2013 specifically Thailand (up 40.7%), Italy (up 20.5%), China (up 12%) and Hong Kong (up 2.4%).

Those countries that posted declines in their imported diamond purchases were led by: United Kingdom (down -63.3%), Botswana (down -45.4%), United Arab Emirates (down -42.2%) and Belgium (down -34.5%).

The listed 15 countries purchased 97.1% of all diamond imports in 2017.

USA

Diamond Imports into the United States

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the United States imported the highest dollar value worth of diamonds during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. India: US$8.4 billion (up 13.7% from 2013)
  2. Israel: $7.3 billion (down -18%)
  3. Belgium: $3.1 billion (down -24.8%)
  4. Hong Kong: $883 million (up 205.2%)
  5. Botswana: $780.9 million (up 190.4%)
  6. South Africa: $616.8 million (down -30.9%)
  7. Switzerland: $585.6 million (up 46.2%)
  8. United Arab Emirates: $217.2 million (up 99.7%)
  9. Canada: $166.2 million (down -1%)
  10. Australia: $159.2 million (up 241.5%)
  11. United Kingdom: $158.9 million (up 56.4%)
  12. China: $150.4 million (down -48%)
  13. Angola: $136.2 million (up 692.8%)
  14. Namibia: $69.1 million (down -34.3%)
  15. Russia: $66.5 million (down -62.4%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98% of all American diamond imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of diamond to United States since 2013 were: Angola (up 692.8%), Australia (up 241.5%), Hong Kong (up 205.2%) and Botswana (up 190.4%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their diamond supplied to American importers included: Russia (down -62.4%), China (down -48%), Namibia (down -34.3%) and South Africa (down -30.9%).

Overall, the value of American diamond imports fell by an average -1.4% from all supplying countries since 2013 when diamond purchases were valued at $23.6 billion.

India

Diamond Imports into India

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which India imported the highest dollar value worth of diamonds during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. United Arab Emirates: US$3.9 billion (down -39% from 2013)
  2. Belgium: $3.1 billion (down -61.8%)
  3. Russia: $2.4 billion (up 242%)
  4. Hong Kong: $2.3 billion (down -41.8%)
  5. Botswana: $1.3 billion (up 606.4%)
  6. Canada: $860.1 million (up 583.8%)
  7. Israel: $737.6 million (down -34.7%)
  8. Angola: $454 million (up 239.2%)
  9. South Africa: $313.8 million (up 223%)
  10. United States: $309.2 million (down -48.5%)
  11. Singapore: $190 million (up 164.2%)
  12. United Kingdom: $156.4 million (down -80.4%)
  13. Australia: $100.9 million (up 4,010%)
  14. Lesotho: $62.1 million (up 955.3%)
  15. Democratic Rep. Congo: $58.2 million (up 568%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 73.8% of all Indian diamond imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of diamond to India since 2013 were: Australia (up 4,010%), Lesotho (up 955.3%), Botswana (up 606.4%) and Canada (up 583.8%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their diamond supplied to Indian importers included: United Kingdom (down -80.4%), Belgium (down -61.8%), United States (down -48.5%) and Hong Kong (down -41.8%).

Overall, the value of Indian diamond imports fell by an average -3.3% from all supplying countries since 2013 when diamond purchases were valued at $22.6 billion.

Hong Kong

Diamond Imports into Hong Kong

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Hong Kong imported the highest dollar value worth of diamonds during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. India: US$8.9 billion (up 5.8% from 2013)
  2. United States: $2.1 billion (up 11.8%)
  3. Belgium: $2 billion (down -26%)
  4. Israel: $1.8 billion (down -26.7%)
  5. United Arab Emirates: $1.7 billion (up 37%)
  6. China: $1.3 billion (up 11.3%)
  7. Thailand: $490.8 million (up 44.9%)
  8. Switzerland: $381.8 million (up 27.7%)
  9. Japan: $341.1 million (up 23.8%)
  10. Botswana: $283.4 million (up 394.2%)
  11. Singapore: $234.4 million (down -3.2%)
  12. France: $191.8 million (up 62.2%)
  13. Angola: $182.2 million (up 87,920%)
  14. Russia: $179 million (up 16.6%)
  15. United Kingdom: $97.9 million (down -59.3%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98.9% of all Hong Kong diamond imports in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of diamond to Hong Kong since 2013 were: Angola (up 87,920%), Botswana (up 394.2%), France (up 62.2%) and Thailand (up 44.9%).

Four countries experienced declines in the value of their diamond supplied to Hong Kong importers namely the United Kingdom (down -59.3%), Israel (down -26.7%), Belgium (down -26.0%) and Singapore (down -3.2%).

Overall, the value of Hong Kong diamond imports rose by an average 2.4% from all supplying countries since 2013 when diamond purchases were valued at $20.1 billion.

Belgium

Diamond Imports into Belgium

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Belgium imported the highest dollar value worth of diamonds during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2013.

  1. Russia: US$3.2 billion (down -11.4% from 2013)
  2. United Arab Emirates: $2.1 billion (down -32.2%)
  3. India: $1.6 billion (down -30%)
  4. Botswana: $1.5 billion (up 80.7%)
  5. Israel: $763.2 million (down -36.7%)
  6. United Kingdom: $744.9 million (down -75%)
  7. South Africa: $648.3 million (up 20.9%)
  8. Hong Kong: $500.4 million (down -66%)
  9. Canada: $421.5 million (down -38.7%)
  10. Lesotho: $298.2 million (up 18.1%)
  11. Angola: $281.6 million (down -47.7%)
  12. Singapore: $275.4 million (up 385.7%)
  13. Thailand: $192.8 million (down -38.2%)
  14. Democratic Rep. Congo: $178.7 million (down -14.2%)
  15. Switzerland: $163.6 million (down -75.7%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 94.2% of all Belgian diamond imports in 2017.

Four of these top suppliers increased their diamond shipments to Belgium since 2013 specifically Singapore (up 385.7%), Botswana (up 80.7%), South Africa (up 20.9%) and Lesotho (up 18.1%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their diamond supplied to Belgian importers included: Switzerland (down -75.7%), United Kingdom (down -75%), Hong Kong (down -66%) and Angola (down -47.7%).

Overall, the value of Belgian diamond imports fell by an average -34.5% from all supplying countries since 2013 when diamond purchases were valued at $20.9 billion.

Searchable List of Diamonds Importing Countries

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RankImporter2017 Diamond Imports% World Total
1.United StatesUS$23.2 billion19.8%
2.India$21.9 billion18.7%
3.Hong Kong$20.6 billion17.5%
4.Belgium$13.7 billion11.7%
5.United Arab Emirates$8.4 billion7.1%
6.China$7.9 billion6.7%
7.Israel$6.7 billion5.7%
8.Switzerland$2.5 billion2.1%
9.United Kingdom$2.4 billion2.1%
10.Thailand$1.9 billion1.6%
11.Singapore$1.4 billion1.2%
12.Botswana$1.1 billion0.9%
13.Japan$794 million0.7%
14.France$766.8 million0.7%
15.Italy$690.2 million0.6%
16.South Africa$515.1 million0.4%
17.Australia$438.4 million0.4%
18.Canada$386.4 million0.3%
19.Vietnam$234.8 million0.2%
20.Germany$232.6 million0.2%
21.Lebanon$166.1 million0.1%
22.Armenia$151 million0.1%
23.Mexico$111 million0.1%
24.Sri Lanka$98 million0.1%
25.Russia$92 million0.1%
26.Taiwan$87.2 million0.1%
27.Turkey$77.4 million0.1%
28.Mauritius$75 million0.1%
29.South Korea$66.3 million0.1%
30.Curaçao$61.1 million0.1%
31.Malaysia$49.7 million0.04%
32.Spain$46.8 million0.04%
33.Cambodia$45.4 million0.04%
34.Netherlands$40.5 million0.03%
35.British Virgin Is$36.2 million0.03%
36.New Zealand$32.4 million0.03%
37.Panama$30.2 million0.03%
38.Austria$23.9 million0.02%
39.Ireland$23.2 million0.02%
40.Qatar$20.2 million0.02%
41.Laos$20.1 million0.02%
42.Belarus$14.8 million0.01%
43.Brazil$12.6 million0.01%
44.Denmark$12.3 million0.01%
45.Namibia$11.9 million0.01%
46.Czech Republic$11.4 million0.01%
47.Poland$10.5 million0.01%
48.Aruba$9.8 million0.01%
49.Myanmar (Burma)$9.0 million0.01%
50.Macao$8.7 million0.01%
51.Sweden$8.5 million0.01%
52.Indonesia$7.4 million0.01%
53.Norway$7.4 million0.01%
54.Andorra$7.1 million0.01%
55.Dominican Republic$6.6 million0.01%
56.Bahrain$5.9 million0.005%
57.Greece$4.7 million0.004%
58.Finland$4.2 million0.004%
59.Morocco$3.9 million0.003%
60.Cyprus$3.1 million0.003%
61.Jamaica$2.9 million0.003%
62.Costa Rica$2.7 million0.002%
63.Ukraine$2.7 million0.002%
64.Honduras$2.1 million0.002%
65.Saudi Arabia$2.1 million0.002%
66.Jordan$1.8 million0.002%
67.Portugal$1.5 million0.001%
68.Tunisia$1.5 million0.001%
69.Gibraltar$1.3 million0.001%
70.Peru$1.3 million0.001%
71.Slovenia$1.3 million0.001%
72.Hungary$1.2 million0.001%
73.Saint Kitts/Nevis$1.2 million0.001%
74.Bahamas$1.1 million0.001%
75.Luxembourg$1.1 million0.001%
76.Cayman Islands$940,0000.001%
77.Egypt$914,0000.001%
78.Barbados$796,0000.001%
79.Malta$796,0000.001%
80.Colombia$753,0000.001%
81.Philippines$621,0000.001%
82.Bulgaria$581,0000.0005%
83.Estonia$576,0000.0005%
84.Slovakia$526,0000.0004%
85.Bangladesh$467,0000.0004%
86.Kuwait$459,0000.0004%
87.Seychelles$453,0000.0004%
88.North Korea$452,0000.0004%
89.Sierra Leone$402,0000.0003%
90.Swaziland$384,0000.0003%
91.Congo$333,0000.0003%
92.Bermuda$323,0000.0003%
93.New Caledonia$317,0000.0003%
94.Croatia$308,0000.0003%
95.Chile$277,0000.0002%
96.Iceland$265,0000.0002%
97.El Salvador$248,0000.0002%
98.Kiribati$239,0000.0002%
99.Lithuania$229,0000.0002%
100.Serbia$215,0000.0002%
101.Antigua/Barbuda$183,0000.0002%
102.Democ. Rep. Congo$162,0000.0001%
103.Turks/Caicos Is$160,0000.0001%
104.Oman$159,0000.0001%
105.French Polynesia$152,0000.0001%
106.Saint Lucia$147,0000.0001%
107.Mali$135,0000.0001%
108.Nepal$134,0000.0001%
109.Kazakhstan$132,0000.0001%
110.Belize$118,0000.0001%
111.Ghana$98,0000.0001%
112.Timor-Leste$96,0000.0001%
113.Bolivia$84,0000.0001%
114.Tanzania$64,0000.0001%
115.Uruguay$54,0000.00005%
116.Guatemala$43,0000.00004%
117.Iran$39,0000.00003%
118.Lesotho$30,0000.00003%
119.Trinidad/Tobago$26,0000.00002%
120.Zambia$24,0000.00002%
121.Côte d'Ivoire$18,0000.00002%
122.Ecuador$18,0000.00002%
123.Argentina$16,0000.00001%
124.Georgia$12,0000.00001%
125.US Minor Outlying Is$12,0000.00001%
126.Fiji$10,0000.00001%
127.Latvia$9,0000.00001%
128.Montenegro$7,0000.00001%
129.St Maarten (Dutch)$6,0000.00001%
130.Nigeria$6,0000.00001%
131.Vanuatu$5,0000.000004%
132.Macedonia$4,0000.000003%
133.Bosnia/Herzegovina$3,0000.000003%
134.Greenland$2,0000.000002%
135.Malawi$1,0000.000001%


See also Diamonds Exports by Country, America’s Top Trading Partners and Exported Paintings and Drawings by Country

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 1, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 1, 2018

Investopedia, Net Importer Definition. Accessed on June 1, 2018