EU Adds Key Exemptions to Russian Diamond Sanctions – by Joshua Freedman (Rapaport Magazine – June 24, 2024)


The European Union has extended the “sunrise period” for sanctions on Russian diamonds by six months and added an important concession for goods that predate the rules.

The traceability program for imports of rough and polished natural diamonds will become mandatory on March 1, 2025, and not on September 1, 2024, the EU said in a statement Monday.

The extension’s purpose is “to allow more time to set up the G7 traceability scheme,” the EU said in its questions and answers. This follows calls by De Beers and other industry figures to extend the interim period, during which importers may use other documentation to show that diamonds are not Russian.

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