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De Beers Cancels Upcoming Sight
De Beers has called off this week’s sight in Botswana, citing restrictions resulting from measures to contain the coronavirus.Lockdowns in Botswana, South Africa and India are prohibiting sightholders from traveling and preventing the shipment...
Rough Markets Mar 30, 2020 Rapaport News
Antwerp port house
Belgian Banks Postpone Loan Repayments
Belgium has introduced emergency financial concessions to help companies survive the current downturn, offering businesses extra time to repay loans and meet tax obligations.The government and banks have agreed to postpone repayments of existing...
Financial-Legal Mar 30, 2020 Rapaport News
De Beers Botswana
De Beers Sight Still On Despite Travel Ban
De Beers’ upcoming sight in Botswana will still take place despite the country’s ban on arrivals from the US, China, India and Belgium, the miner has confirmed.“While this is an extraordinary situation and COVID-19 has...
Rough Markets Mar 18, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Polished diamond
Belgium, Israel to Hold Online Diamond Fair
Belgian and Israeli industry organizations are jointly organizing a virtual trade show to compensate for the cancellation of major exhibitions around the world.The Online Diamond Trade Fair will run from March 30 to April 3, the...
Polished Markets Mar 18, 2020 Rapaport News
AWDC building Antwerp
Belgium, Israel Shut Diamond Trading Halls
All diamond trading halls in Belgium and Israel are closing until further notice as the countries attempt to stem the spread of the coronavirus.Antwerp’s four bourses will shut their trading floors from Monday, the...
Polished Markets Mar 15, 2020 Rapaport News
Antwerp diamond processing
Belgium’s Polished Exports Slump 55%
Belgium’s polished-diamond exports dropped 55% to $560 million in February, reflecting a slowdown in the market due to the coronavirus. However, rough imports grew, continuing a trend that began in January, data from the Antwerp World Diamond...
Polished Markets Mar 08, 2020 Rapaport News
Alrosa diamond sorting
Alrosa to Maintain Supply Flexibility
Alrosa has pledged to remain flexible with its supply policy during the current industry downturn, as the coronavirus has left clients unsure how much rough to buy.“The virus has triggered uncertainty, and our...
Rough Markets Mar 08, 2020 Rapaport News
Antwerp
Belgium’s Polished Trade Slows in January
Belgium’s polished exports dropped 22% year on year in January, with volumes and average price both falling. Outbound shipments have declined for nine consecutive months, according to Rapaport archives based on data from the...
Polished Markets Mar 03, 2020 Rapaport News
HRD Antwerp Hatton Garden
Peter Meeus Bids Again for HRD Antwerp
Former HRD Antwerp chief Peter Meeus has made a second offer to buy the Belgian laboratory, after its owners rejected his initial proposal.“I’m going straight to the Hoveniersstraat 22 to [deposit] my new bid,” Meeus said...
Polished Markets Feb 19, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Antwerp
Belgium Shipments Hit 10-Year Low
Belgium’s diamond trade declined in 2019 as excess supply led to slower demand for rough and polished, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre said Wednesday.Polished exports fell 13% to $9.93 billion, their lowest level since...
Polished Markets Jan 16, 2020 Rapaport News
Rough diamond
UK Secures Deal to Keep Rough Trade Alive
The UK has secured independent membership of the Kimberley Process (KP), enabling it to continue participating in the international rough-diamond trade after the nation leaves the European Union.Britain’s decision to withdraw from the EU on January 31 requires the...
Rough Markets Jan 15, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Polished diamond
Belgium Export Data Looking More Positive
Belgium’s diamond trade showed signs of stabilizing in November,with rough exports increasing year on year for the first time since April.While polished exports dropped 22%, the rate of decline slowed versus October, data from...
Polished Markets Dec 15, 2019 Rapaport News
The Diamond Office in Antwerp
Belgium Diamond Shipments Drop
Belgium’s diamond trade slowed in September, continuing adownward trend for the year. A 25% decline in polished exports reflected lowervolumes and a fall in the average price. Sep 2019 Year-on-year change Polished exports $873 -25%...
Polished Markets Oct 22, 2019 Rapaport News
Antwerp Beurs
Antwerp Bans Lab-Grown from Trading Floors
The Federation of Belgian Diamond Bourses has introduced aban on lab-grown sales in Antwerp’s four trading halls. While synthetics trading is still rare in Antwerp, theumbrella group took action last month because it views the exchanges...
Polished Markets Oct 10, 2019 Joshua Freedman
AWDC
Belgium Diamond Trade Slows
Belgium’s diamond trade continued its decline in August, withrough and polished shipments slowing. Polished exports slumped 34%, reflectinglower volumes and a steep drop in the average price, according to data from theAntwerp World Diamond...
Polished Markets Sep 11, 2019 Rapaport News
HSBC
HSBC to Pay $330M in Antwerp Fraud Settlement
A Swiss unit of HSBC has agreed to pay a record EUR 294.4 million ($330 million) to settle fraud claims against its Belgian business, which mainly served members of the Antwerp diamond trade.In 2014, a Belgian judge...
Financial-Legal Aug 07, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Antwerp diamond processing AWDC
Belgium’s Rough Trade Hits Decade Low
Belgium’s rough-diamond trade fell in the first half to its lowest level since the financial crisis. Rough imports to the country declined 26% year on year to $4.36 billion during the six months ending June...
Polished Markets Jul 15, 2019 Rapaport News
ABN Amro branch Capelle aan den IJssel
ABN Amro Restricts Rough-Sector Lending
ABN Amro has scaled back its financing of rough-diamondpurchases, citing a lack of profitability in the manufacturing and tradingsectors.The Dutch bank, which mainly lends to rough dealers, will only offer credit without proof of onward sale...
Financial-Legal Jul 15, 2019 Joshua Freedman
AWDC
Belgium’s Rough Trade Slumps in May
Rough exports from Belgium dropped 37% year on year to $741.5million in May, reflecting continued weakness in the sector. Rough imports fell16%, according to data from the Antwerp World Diamond Centre. The polishedtrade was more...
Mining Jun 26, 2019 Rapaport News
AWDC building Antwerp
Belgium Rough Trade Slows in 1Q
Belgium saw a decline in its imports and exports of rough diamondsin the first quarter, as mining companies’ sales dropped.Shipments into thecountry slid 33% to $2.09 billion for the period, reflecting a 38% slump inrough sales...
Rough Markets Apr 28, 2019 Rapaport News
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