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Botswana’s Rough Diamond Exports Top US$2.4 Billion in 2015

24 february 2016
Rough diamond exports from Botswana in the year 2015 reached the value of US$2.41 billion, falling from rough exports worth US$3.97 billion in 2014. This is the lowest level of rough diamond exports from the country since 2009 when rough exports were worth US$1.86 billion.
In the first quarter of 2015 the African country’s rough diamond exports were worth US$918.4 million, compared to rough exports worth US$1.2 billion in the first quarter of 2014.
Second quarter rough diamond exports were worth US$845.5 million, marking a decrease from the country’s rough diamond exports worth US$919.2 million in the second quarter of 2014.
The country’s exports refer to the value of rough diamonds produced at the major mines in Botswana. This is recorded at the time these diamonds are first sold, which may be some time before leaving the country as they still have to undergo final aggregation and sale. These figures do not include re-exports of diamonds mined in other countries, which are recorded at the time the goods leave the country.