The rough diamond trade continues to fare well. In comparison with July of last year, the volume of exported diamonds rose by 1,22%, which translates to a volume increase of 16,37%. In terms of imports, we noticed a volume upturn of 7,72%, amounting to a surge of 19,84% in value. These strong value increases were the result of the currently strong rough prices.
Polished figures were also encouraging. The volume of exported goods rose by 8,51% compared with the same month of last year. These goods left mainly to Hong Kong, UAE and the United States. In value terms, an increase of 4,47% was observed as compared to July 2013.
By contrast, the volume of imported polished diamonds fell by 5,24% as compared with the same month of last year. The value increase of 9,21% implies that fewer but more expensive goods became available on the Antwerp market. These stones originated to a large extent from India, Hong Kong and UAE.
When comparing the first seven months of 2014 to the same period last year, we see a slight decline in the volume of polished diamonds traded, with increases in all other trade figures.