The United States Kimberley Process Authority (USKPA) is a not for profit trade association in the United States formed for the purpose of administering and controlling the usage of U.S. Kimberley Process certificates for the export of rough diamonds from the U.S. The USKPA is governed by a Board of Directors, and is located in New York City.
Exports of rough diamonds from the US are regulated by the Clean Diamond Trade Act, a bill passed by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush in 2003. This legislation creates a system for the trade of rough diamonds consistent with the standards set by the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS). The goal of the KPCS is to restrict the trade of rough diamonds known as "conflict diamonds." Conflict diamonds are rough diamonds used by rebel movements or their allies to finance conflict aimed at undermining legitimate governments.
The USKPA is authorized by the U.S. government to provide US Kimberley Process certificates to licensed entities for use in exporting rough diamonds from the U.S. For further information regarding how to become licensed to use Kimberly Process certificates, click here.
Announcement from the Kimberley Process Chair:
Kimberley Process temporarily suspends the import of rough diamonds from the Central African Republic (CAR)