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Process to Export Rough Diamonds

A Canadian Kimberley Process Certificate is required to export rough diamonds from Canada if the diamonds fall under subheading 7102.10, 7102.21 or 7102.31 of the Customs Tariff's Schedule (PDF, 5.14 mb). The customs authorities in both Canada and the destination country will require this certificate to verify that the Canadian exporter is meeting all the requirements of the Kimberley Process.

To obtain a Canadian Kimberley Process Certificate, exporters must follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Contact the Kimberley Process Office at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) for an Application Form

View and download the Canadian Kimberley Process Certificate application form. It can also be mailed or provided electronically. Call, write or e-mail the Kimberley Process Office to request an application.

Kimberley Process Office
Minerals and Metals Sector
Natural Resources Canada
580 Booth Street, 10th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1A 0E4
Tel.: 343-292-8710
Toll-free tel.: 1-866-539-0766
Fax: 613-943-2079
Email: Kimberley Process Office

Learn about service standards for high-volume regulatory authorizations: Kimberley Process.

Step 2: Complete and Submit the Kimberley Process Canadian Certificate Application

Complete the application form in accordance with the accompanying Application Completion Guide. The application requires the value of the shipment, its weight, and the name and address of the exporter and the person to whom the exporter is sending the rough diamonds.

Submit the completed application form to the Kimberley Process Office at NRCan by courier, mail.

Step 3: Obtain your Canadian Kimberley Process Certificate

After reviewing your completed application form, the Kimberley Process Office will issue a Canadian Kimberley Process Certificate, usually within 2 business days. Certificates obtained from NRCan are valid for 60 days and cannot be extended. Each and every shipment of rough diamonds requires a distinct Canadian Kimberley Process Certificate, although a single shipment consisting of several containers requires only one certificate. Each certificate has a unique serial number issued by the Kimberley Process Office.

Step 4: Prepare Diamonds for Shipping

Canada's regulations match the international standards set out by the Kimberley Process for the shipping, handling and packaging of rough diamonds. Canadian legislation also requires the seal numbers on containers to correspond with the seal numbers listed on the certificate. Any open packaging will be considered non-compliant, and the shipment may be detained or seized at the border. Information about the regulations is available on the Kimberley Process Web site.

Step 5: Present your Certificate/Make a Declaration

Every exporter of rough diamonds is responsible for presenting a Canadian Kimberley Process Certificate at the time of export. The Canada Border Services Agency will stamp the export declaration portion of the certificate. Exporters must forward the declaration to the Kimberley Process Office at NRCan within seven days of the date of export.

The Canadian Certificate itself must accompany the shipment of rough diamonds from Canada to the customs office of the destination country. At the destination point of entry, you should enquire about the procedures to be followed in that country.

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