Latest updates from the DRC’s Ministry of Mines are as follows:
The Ministry of Mines has issued roughly 200 purchases & sales licenses, out of these 200 licenses issued in the DRC, only 15 to 20% of licensees have their licenses up to date.
The rest leases or sub lease other people’s license. There are only 30 to 40 companies in the DRC with up to date valid licenses, out of which 50% of these have export licenses, reducing the amount of licensees who can legally export diamonds from the DRC to 15 to 20 companies in the whole Country.
In our experience, the DRC is a very difficult place to do business and purchase diamonds, further more, we find DRC seller’s prices to be completely out of line with the rest of the African market, and fraud to be as high as it can get.
For these reasons, we have made the conscious decision to stay away from DRC Diamonds all together, doing business there is too challenging for our taste. If you decide to do business in the DRC, make sure you have proper security with you, and be ready to pay a premium price.