Regulation of the People's Republic of China on the Implementation of Kimberley Process Certification Scheme
2007-08-30

 

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<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" align=center><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Chapter One&nbsp; General Provisions</STRONG></FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 1</STRONG> This Regulation is formulated, in accordance with the requirement of UN General Assembly Resolution 55/56 and the related laws and rules of China, with an eye to eradicate illegal trading of conflict diamonds, to maintain peace and stability in Africa and to implement the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme in the People's Republic of China.</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 2</STRONG> Rough Diamonds refers to diamonds that are unworked or simply sawn, cleaved or bruted and fall under the relevant Harmonized Commodity System Description and Coding System 7102.10, 7102.21 and 7102.31.</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 3</STRONG> The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China is the governing body for the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme in China, which will designate relevant Administrative Bodies of Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine (hereinafter referred to as "the Administrative Bodies").</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 4</STRONG> The Kimberley Process Certificate is the official statement with legal force.</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 5</STRONG> This Regulation is applicable to application for the import and export of rough diamonds as between Participants of Kimberley Process Certification Scheme.</FONT></P>
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<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" align=center><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Chapter Two&nbsp; Registration</STRONG></FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 6</STRONG> The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine will implement a system of registration on the import and export of rough diamonds.</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 7</STRONG> The importers, exporters, agents and shippers in the territory of the People's Republic of China will be permitted to engage in the import and export of rough diamonds only after they have registered with the Administrative Body of Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine.</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 8</STRONG> The following materials must be supplied for the registration: (I) The People's Republic of China Kimberley Process Certificate Application Form (Annex 1); (II) The Statement to abide by the Kimberley Process; (III) Copy of business license of the enterprise; (IV) Other materials required.</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 9</STRONG> After review and inspection by the Administrative Body, the qualified application will be registered and a Kimberley Process Registration Certificate will be issued thereafter with duration of two years (Annex 2). Inspection must be made upon the extension.</FONT></P>
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<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" align=center><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Chapter Three Import Review and Inspecting</STRONG></FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article10 </STRONG>Before rough diamonds enters the country, the importers, exporters, agents and shippers (hereinafter referred to as "the Applicant"), shall provide the following documents: The People's Republic of China Rough Diamonds Import Application Form (Annex 3); The original Kimberley Process Certificate issued by the administrative bodies of the rough diamonds exporting country to handle the import procedures. Those applications without the above documents will not be accepted.</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 11</STRONG> After the Administrative Body accepts the application, it will, in accordance with the requirements of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, review the application as being in compliance with the Kimberley Process Certificate issued by the exporting authorities, focusing on the country (region) of origin/ provenance country, carat, value, recipient document number, etc.</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 12</STRONG> With the Applicant present, the working staff of the Administrative Body will check the packages and sealing marks on spot; check whether the internal and external package are in conformance with the accompanying Kimberley Process Certificate. In the meantime, they will also inspect the quality of rough diamonds at a designated place, identify the value and carat weight/amount. For rough diamonds in satisfaction of the requirements, the Administrative Body will issue a People's Republic of China Rough Diamonds Certificate and the Clearance of Importing Commodities, against which the Customs will discharge. In case the requirements are not satisfied, the Customs will not discharge. The above-mentioned work shall be done within two working days.</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 13</STRONG> After the review and inspection, the Administrative Body will send the People's Republic of China Rough Diamonds Certificate to the governing body of the origin/provenance country be e-mail, to confirm that the set of diamonds has arrived at the destination.</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 14</STRONG> The Administrative Body shall keep the People's Republic of China Import of Rough Diamonds Application Form, the original Kimberley Process Certificate issued by the exporting authorities, and the People's Republic of China Import of Rough Diamonds Conformation Certificate, in files for a period of three years.</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 15</STRONG> For transit rough diamonds, when the applicant guarantees that the airproof packages unsealed and uninterrupted, the Administrative Body will just make a sample spot-inspection when necessary, without having to check the Kimberley Process Certificate, nor to confirm with the authorities of rough diamonds country/region of origin/provenance.</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 16</STRONG> As for the rough diamonds entering the bonded area, if they are to be worked in the bonded area or to request clearance, related procedures shall be done according to Chapter Two and Three of this Regulation.</FONT></P>
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<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" align=center><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Chapter Four Export Review and Inspection</STRONG></FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 17</STRONG> Before the rough diamonds shipped across the border, the applicant shall provide the Administrative Body with the People's Republic of China Export of Rough Diamonds Application Form (Annex 4), declaring that the rough diamonds is non-conflict diamonds, guaranteeing that the exporting rough diamonds are deposited and transported in damage-proof containers, in the meantime rendering the contract, invoice, value-appraisal certificate and other materials proving the legality of the rough diamonds.</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 18</STRONG> After the Administrative Body accepts the application, with the applicant present, the working staff will check the packages and sealing marks on spot; check whether the internal and external package are in appliance with the accompanying Kimberley Process Certificate. Meanwhile, they will also inspect the quality of rough diamonds at a designated place, identify the value and carat weight/amount. For rough diamonds in satisfaction of the requirements, the Administrative Body will issue a People's Republic of China Rough Diamonds Certificate and the Clearance of Importing Commodities, against which the Customs will discharge. In case the requirements are not satisfied, the Customs will not discharge. The above-mentioned work shall be done within two working days. The Certificate expires in two months.</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 19</STRONG> After the Administrative Body receives (by way of e-mail) the Confirmation on the rough diamonds issued by the importing authority, it shall keep the Confirmation, copy of the People's Republic of China Export of Rough Diamonds Application Form, contract, invoice and the duplicate People's Republic of China Kimberley Process Certificate for files for a period of three years.</FONT></P>
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<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" align=center><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Chapter Five Statistics</STRONG></FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 20</STRONG> The Administrative Body shall keep the trading record of Kimberley Process Certificate into a database, which includes the number of copies, amount, carat weight, HS code, country/region of origin and provenance country, trading countries, importer and exporter, No. of the Certificates, number of copies and amount of Confirmation. The data shall be kept for a period of three years.</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 21</STRONG> The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine will publish the related information, in accordance with the requirement of Kimberley Process Certification Scheme about the content, frequency, time and the mode of exchange of data.</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 22</STRONG> The Applicant shall keep the complete trading document and the related information, including the title of the selling or buying client, the carat weight and value of the rough diamonds bought, sold, imported or exported, for a period of three years.</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" align=center><BR><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Chapter Six Legal Responsibility</STRONG></FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 23</STRONG> Those who is engaged in the illegal trading of conflict diamonds by providing false information about the country/region of origin and provenance, or by forging or altering the Kimberley Process Certificates, will be published according to the Law of the People's Republic of China on Import &amp; Export Commodity Inspection, and in case a crime is committed, will be handled to judicial organ for trial.</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 24</STRONG> Should the working staff of the Administrative Body neglect his job or duty and cause adverse political influence or economic lost to the state, the violators shall be punished according to the Law of the People's Republic of China on Import &amp; Export Commodity Inspection.</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 25</STRONG> For the purpose of promoting trade and facilitating supervision, the trading institutions of diamonds will cooperate with the Administrative Body and provide necessary conveniences.</FONT></P>
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<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" align=center><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Chapter Seven Supplementary Provisions</STRONG></FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 26</STRONG> For the purpose of the international certification scheme for rough diamonds the following definitions apply:</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial>CONFLICT DIAMONDS means rough diamonds used by rebel movements or their allies to finance conflict aimed at undermining legitimate governments, as described in relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions insofar as they remain effect, or in other similar UNSC resolutions which may be adopted in the future, and as understood and recognized in the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 55/56, or in other UNGA resolutions which may be adopted in the future;</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial>COUNTRY OF ORIGIN means the country where a shipment of rough diamonds has been mined or extracted;</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial>COUNTRY OF PROVENANCE means the last Participant from where a shipment of rough diamonds was exported, as recorded on import documentation;</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial>DIAMONDS means a natural mineral consisting essentially of pure crystallized carbon in the isometric system, with a hardness on the Mohs (scratch) scale of 10, a specific gravity of approximately 3.52 and a refractive index of 2.42;</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial>EXPORT means the physical leaving or taking out of any part of the geographical territory of a Participant;</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial>EXPORTING AUTHORITY means the authority or body designated by a Participant from whose territory a shipment of rough diamonds is leaving, and which are authorized to validate the Kimberley Process Certificate;</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial>FREE TRADE ZONE means a part of the territory of a Participant where any goods introduced are generally regarded, insofar as import duties and taxes are concerned, as being outside of the customs territory;</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial>IMPORT means the physical entering or bringing into any part of the geographical territory of a Participant;</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial>IMPORTING AUTHORITY means the authority or body designated by a Participant into whose territory a shipment of rough diamonds is imported to conduct all import formalities and particularly the verification of accompanying Kimberley Process Certificates;</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 27</STRONG> The applicant shall pay the charges as required.</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 28</STRONG> This Regulation is to be interpreted and amended in accordance with the decisions made on the Annual Meeting of Kimberley Process and other relevant rule of China, by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 29</STRONG> The Regulation is to be implemented by the designated administrative bodies of Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine.</FONT></P>
<P style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt" face=Arial><STRONG>Article 30</STRONG> The Regulation is to come into force as of January 1, 2003.<BR></FONT></P></SPAN>

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