Diamond Imports by Country

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Global purchases of imported diamond totaled US$117.4 billion in 2016.

Overall, the value of diamond imports for all importing countries was down by an average -7.3% since 2012 when diamond purchases were valued at $126.7 billion. Year over year, imported diamonds retreated by a modest -0.7% from 2015 to 2016.

From a continental perspective, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of imported diamonds during 2016 with purchases valued at $66.4 billion or 56.5% of the global total. In second place were North American importers at 21.2% while 18.9% of worldwide diamond imports were delivered to European countries.

Much smaller percentages were delivered to Africa (2.7%), Oceania (0.4%) and Latin America excluding Mexico and the Caribbean (0.1%).

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

Diamond Imports by Country

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that imported the highest dollar value worth of diamonds during 2016:

  1. United States: US$24.4 billion (20.8% of total diamond imports)
  2. India: $19 billion (16.2%)
  3. Hong Kong: $18.9 billion (16.1%)
  4. Belgium: $15.4 billion (13.1%)
  5. United Arab Emirates: $9.2 billion (7.8%)
  6. China: $7.8 billion (6.6%)
  7. Israel: $7.1 billion (6%)
  8. Switzerland: $2.5 billion (2.1%)
  9. United Kingdom: $2.2 billion (1.9%)
  10. Singapore: $1.7 billion (1.5%)
  11. Botswana: $1.7 billion (1.5%)
  12. Japan: $943.2 million (0.8%)
  13. France: $841.2 million (0.7%)
  14. Namibia: $831.8 million (0.7%)
  15. Italy: $793.7 million (0.7%)

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for diamond since 2012 were: Namibia (up 125.5%), Singapore (up 101.8%), Italy (up 42.5%) and China (up 35%).

Those countries that posted declines in their imported diamond purchases were led by: United Kingdom (down -72.7%), United Arab Emirates (down -27.5%), Botswana (down -20.1%) and Belgium (down -18.6%).

The listed 15 countries purchased 96.4% of all diamond imports in 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplier since 2012.

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 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2012.

  1. India: $8.8 billion (up 63%)
  2. Israel: $7.3 billion (down -11.5%)
  3. Belgium: $3.4 billion (down -4.3%)
  4. Hong Kong: $1.5 billion (up 660.6%)
  5. Switzerland: $706.1 million (up 83.7%)
  6. South Africa: $572.5 million (down -30.5%)
  7. Botswana: $437.9 million (up 111.6%)
  8. United Kingdom: $252.7 million (up 175.3%)
  9. United Arab Emirates: $242.8 million (up 19.8%)
  10. Angola: $234 million (up 171.8%)
  11. Canada: $180.2 million (up 35.5%)
  12. France: $104.1 million (up 343.9%)
  13. China: $80.1 million (down -78.3%)
  14. Australia: $74.4 million (up 71.1%)
  15. Russia: $71.8 million (down -52.2%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 97.8% of all American diamond imports in 2016.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of diamond to United States since 2012 were: Hong Kong (up 660.6%), France (up 343.9%), United Kingdom (up 175.3%) and Angola (up 171.8%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their diamond supplies to American importers included: China (down -78.3%), Russia (down -52.2%), South Africa (down -30.5%) and Israel (down -11.5%).

Overall, the value of American diamond imports were up by an average 20.6% from all supplying countries since 2012 when diamond purchases were valued at $20.3 billion.

India

Diamond Imports into India

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which India imported the highest dollar value worth of diamonds during 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2012.

  1. Belgium: $5.9 billion (down -28.2%)
  2. United Arab Emirates: $4.3 billion (down -14.5%)
  3. Hong Kong: $2.1 billion (down -33.2%)
  4. Russia: $1.9 billion (up 174.6%)
  5. Israel: $1.2 billion (down -2.8%)
  6. Botswana: $993.6 million (up 1,485%)
  7. Saudi Arabia: $501.5 million (up 29%)
  8. Canada: $437.7 million (up 170.5%)
  9. South Africa: $419.1 million (up 904.1%)
  10. United States: $401.1 million (down -49.5%)
  11. Singapore: $236.6 million (up 477.2%)
  12. Angola: $198.7 million (up 194.1%)
  13. Netherlands: $104 million (up 3,466,933%)
  14. Switzerland: $90.4 million (down -30.4%)
  15. Australia: $62.2 million (up 841.6%)

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of diamond to India since 2012 were: Netherlands (up 3,466,933%), Botswana (up 1,485%), South Africa (up 904.1%) and Australia (up 841.6%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their diamond supplies to Indian importers included: United States (down -49.5%), Hong Kong (down -33.2%), Switzerland (down -30.4%) and Belgium (down -28.2%).

Overall, the value of Indian diamond imports were down by an average -9.2% from all supplying countries since 2012 when diamond purchases were valued at $20.9 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 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2012.

  1. India: $11.3 billion (up 54.5%)
  2. Israel: $2.8 billion (up 18.3%)
  3. Belgium: $1.8 billion (down -26.7%)
  4. China: $610.1 million (down -53.2%)
  5. United States: $556.8 million (down -69.4%)
  6. South Africa: $444.7 million (up 462.9%)
  7. United Arab Emirates: $330.4 million (down -73.1%)
  8. Russia: $289.2 million (up 105.3%)
  9. Botswana: $223.2 million (up 1,626%)
  10. Switzerland: $92 million (down -79.5%)
  11. Japan: $81.9 million (down -71.2%)
  12. Thailand: $72.2 million (down -68.8%)
  13. Angola: $69 million (down -34.7%)
  14. United Kingdom: $39 million (down -83.1%)
  15. Canada: $35.2 million (up 115.2%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.2% of all Hong Kong diamond imports in 2016.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of diamond to Hong Kong since 2012 were: Botswana (up 1,625%), South Africa (up 462.9%), Canada (up 115.2%) and Russia (up 105.3%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their diamond supplies to Hong Kong importers included: United Kingdom (down -83.1%), Switzerland (down -79.5%), United Arab Emirates (down -73.1%) and Japan (down -71.2%).

Belgium

Diamond Imports into Belgium

Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Belgium imported the highest dollar value worth of diamonds during 2016. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2012.

  1. Russia: $3.1 billion (up 6.3%)
  2. Botswana: $2.1 billion (up 644.5%)
  3. United Arab Emirates: $2.1 billion (down -26.7%)
  4. India: $1.9 billion (down -12.2%)
  5. Israel: $759.1 million (down -30%)
  6. Hong Kong: $704.6 million (down -37.3%)
  7. United Kingdom: $676.8 million (down -80.4%)
  8. South Africa: $659.7 million (up 18.6%)
  9. Canada: $591.2 million (up 51.8%)
  10. Angola: $449.3 million (down -12%)
  11. Thailand: $265.5 million (up 4.2%)
  12. Switzerland: $261.9 million (down -60.3%)
  13. United States: $256.4 million (down -22.9%)
  14. China: $245.3 million (down -68.9%)
  15. Singapore: $243.7 million (up 4381.6%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 93.3% of all Belgian diamond imports in 2016.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of diamond to Belgium since 2012 were: Singapore (up 4,382%), Botswana (up 644.5%), Canada (up 51.8%) and South Africa (up 18.6%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their diamond supplies to Belgian importers included: United Kingdom (down -80.4%), China (down -68.9%), Switzerland (down -60.3%) and Hong Kong (down -37.3%).

Overall, the value of Belgian diamond imports were down by an average -18.6% from all supplying countries since 2012 when diamond purchases were valued at $18.9 billion.

Searchable List of Diamonds Importing Countries

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RankImporter2016 Diamond Imports% World Total
1.United StatesUS$24.4 billion20.8%
2.India$19 billion16.2%
3.Hong Kong$18.9 billion16.1%
4.Belgium$15.4 billion13.1%
5.United Arab Emirates$9.2 billion7.8%
6.China$7.8 billion6.6%
7.Israel$7.1 billion6%
8.Switzerland$2.5 billion2.1%
9.United Kingdom$2.2 billion1.9%
10.Singapore$1.7 billion1.5%
11.Botswana$1.7 billion1.5%
12.Japan$943.2 million0.8%
13.France$841.2 million0.7%
14.Namibia$831.8 million0.7%
15.Italy$793.7 million0.7%
16.Thailand$791.2 million0.7%
17.South Africa$515.9 million0.4%
18.Australia$424.1 million0.4%
19.Canada$372.6 million0.3%
20.Vietnam$284.6 million0.2%
21.Germany$224.2 million0.2%
22.Lebanon$148.2 million0.1%
23.Mexico$133.6 million0.1%
24.Armenia$130 million0.1%
25.Sri Lanka$106.2 million0.1%
26.Taiwan$96.8 million0.1%
27.Turkey$80.7 million0.1%
28.British Virgin Is.$72 million0.1%
29.Russia$70.5 million0.1%
30.Mauritius$68.4 million0.1%
31.Spain$65.8 million0.1%
32.South Korea$63.1 million0.1%
33.St Maarten (Dutch part)$62.1 million0.1%
34.Cambodia$45.9 million0.04%
35.Panama$40.8 million0.03%
36.Malaysia$39.8 million0.03%
37.New Zealand$32.5 million0.03%
38.Qatar$22.3 million0.02%
39.Netherlands$21.7 million0.02%
40.Curaçao$20.5 million0.02%
41.Laos$19.6 million0.02%
42.Ireland$18 million0.02%
43.Ukraine$15.4 million0.01%
44.Austria$15 million0.01%
45.Denmark$12.7 million0.01%
46.Czech Republic$11 million0.01%
47.Dominican Republic$10.4 million0.01%
48.Nepal$10.1 million0.01%
49.Poland$8.8 million0.01%
50.Macao$8.7 million0.01%
51.Aruba$8 million0.01%
52.Brazil$7.6 million0.01%
53.Norway$7.5 million0.01%
54.Sweden$6.3 million0.01%
55.Myanmar (Burma)$6.3 million0.01%
56.Andorra$5.6 million0.005%
57.Finland$4.8 million0.004%
58.Greece$4 million0.003%
59.Bahrain$4 million0.003%
60.Cyprus$3.2 million0.003%
61.Bahamas$2.8 million0.002%
62.Morocco$2.5 million0.002%
63.Malta$2.2 million0.002%
64.Kiribati$2 million0.002%
65.Saudi Arabia$1.8 million0.002%
66.Luxembourg$1.8 million0.002%
67.Jordan$1.8 million0.001%
68.Bermuda$1.7 million0.001%
69.Hungary$1.6 million0.001%
70.Bolivia$1.5 million0.001%
71.Tunisia$1.2 million0.001%
72.Peru$1.1 million0.001%
73.Slovenia$1.1 million0.001%
74.Portugal$894,0000.001%
75.Egypt$858,0000.001%
76.Barbados$752,0000.001%
77.Gibraltar$712,0000.001%
78.Colombia$704,0000.001%
79.Jamaica$703,0000.001%
80.Honduras$683,0000.001%
81.Iran$683,0000.001%
82.Bangladesh$679,0000.001%
83.Slovakia$637,0000.001%
84.Cayman Islands$598,0000.001%
85.New Caledonia$559,0000.0005%
86.Philippines$468,0000.0004%
87.Bulgaria$397,0000.0003%
88.Turks/ Caicos Is.$387,0000.0003%
89.Azerbaijan$378,0000.0003%
90.Estonia$356,0000.0003%
91.Kuwait$338,0000.0003%
92.Lithuania$280,0000.0002%
93.Chile$251,0000.0002%
94.Serbia$238,0000.0002%
95.El Salvador$236,0000.0002%
96.Iceland$227,0000.0002%
97.Croatia$201,0000.0002%
98.Belize$191,0000.0002%
99.Saint Kitts/Nevis$184,0000.0002%
100.Guinea$180,0000.0002%
101.Seychelles$158,0000.0001%
102.Swaziland$136,0000.0001%
103.Uruguay$134,0000.0001%
104.Ghana$131,0000.0001%
105.Antigua/Barbuda$120,0000.0001%
106.US Minor Outlying Is.$83,0000.0001%
107.Venezuela$68,0000.0001%
108.Costa Rica$62,0000.0001%
109.Latvia$61,0000.0001%
110.Zambia$60,0000.0001%
111.Indonesia$59,0000.0001%
112.Ecuador$42,0000.00004%
113.Guatemala$40,0000.00003%
114.Côte d'Ivoire$37,0000.00003%
115.French Polynesia$37,0000.00003%
116.Trinidad/Tobago$30,0000.00003%
117.Mali$29,0000.00002%
118.Kazakhstan$24,0000.00002%
119.Zimbabwe$23,0000.00002%
120.Argentina$22,0000.00002%
121.Pakistan$20,0000.00002%
122.Democratic Rep. Congo$16,0000.00001%
123.Nauru$13,0000.00001%
124.Kyrgyzstan$12,0000.00001%
125.Fiji$12,0000.00001%
126.Algeria$11,0000.00001%
127.Moldova$10,0000.00001%
128.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$9,0000.00001%
129.North Korea$9,0000.00001%
130.Nicaragua$8,0000.00001%
131.Brunei Darussalam$8,0000.00001%
132.Georgia$7,0000.00001%
133.Kenya$4,0000.000003%
134.Nigeria$1,0000.000001%


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

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 6, 2017

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 6, 2017

Investopedia, Net Importer Definition. Accessed on June 6, 2017