Under a collaboration agreement, SDE members who send their diamonds, gemstones and jewelry to IGI for analysis, grading and certification, will receive complimentary shipping services provided by Brink’s, from its SDE counter to the IGI Hong Kong lab and then back to the SDE, point-to-point.
Initially, there will be a weekly turn-around service, the frequency of which may be increased, dependent on demand patterns.
“In response to the increasing demand for IGI Reports in mainland
Encouraged by the recently reviewed China import taxation laws that state diamonds that remain within the SDE can be shipped to Hong Kong and back to China without being taxed again, IGI and Brink’s opted to launch the same strategy the partners used with Israeli diamond companies shipping gemstones between Tel Aviv and IGI Antwerp daily for more than 10 years. Due to IGI/Brink’s collaboration agreements, no shipping or insurance costs were charged.
“We are very excited about the prospect of actively contributing to the growth of
In addition to its global network, Brink’s has five operational addresses in Hong Kong, and offices in
Brauner added, “We have been monitoring the development of the Chinese market for many years and are acutely aware there has been rapid growth of the SDE membership since the announcement was made to reduce value added tax (VAT) to four percent for the diamond trade – in July 2006. This opportunity has come to us at a time when we must respond to the market. ”