Israel’s Diamond Export Augment throughout Last Year
2003: Israel’s Diamond Export and Its Largest Market
Israel's net polished diamond exports in November held steady from last year at $452.1 million, according to by the Israel Ministry of Industry and Trade's Diamond Controller.
Net polished exports for the first 11 months of 2002 increased 15.7% to $4.947 billion, up from $4.277 billion for the same period in 2001.
Rough imports in November 2002 rose 38.9% to $379 million, and from January to November 2002 by 19.6% to $3.661 billion.
Rough exports increased by 57% in November, totaling $110.7 million, with these exports seeing a 54.2% jump from the beginning of the year, reaching $1.459 billion.
Polished imports also grew, rising 32% in November, to reach $212.6 million, and 33.4% to reach $2.085 billion since January.
Officials in Israel point to a successful holiday season in Israel's traditional markets - the United States, Hong Kong, Belgium, and Switzerland. Since the beginning of the year sales to Belgium rose 19%, to the U.S. 16%, and to Hong Kong 7%.
The United States remained the largest market for Israel's polished exports, accounting for 68% during this period.