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Japan's polished imports fall in volume and financial terms in June

04 august 2009

Japanese imports of polished diamonds dropped in both volume and financial terms in June, while the average price per carat also plunged, according to data published by The JClub, based on statistics from the Customs Bureau of the Finance Ministry in Tokyo, Antwerpfacetsonline reported.
Imports fell 26 percent to just $51 million, while imports declined 3.2 percent in volume terms to 156,710 carats and the average price per carat on imports slumped 23 percent to $325.
Imports from Japan's three main suppliers fell, with Indian exports down 9.6 percent to $21 million, from Belgium exports fell 37 percent to $12.8 million, while exports from Israel plummeted 43 percent to $5.1 million.
For the first six months of the year, polished imports dropped fell 24 percent to $317.2 million, although in volume terms there was a decline of just 1.4 percent to 1.164 million carats however the average price per carat showed a fall of 23 percent to $272 per carat.