Polished Diamond Imports to United States Soar 20% in May

The United States increased by more than 20 percent on last year its imports of polished goods in May to $3.19 billion, according to government figures.
 
In volume, imports were almost the same at 1.5 million carats, while the average price per carat surged 23 percent to $2,117.
 
American exports of polished stone rose 13 percent to $1.485 billion, with the average price per carat soaring 45 percent to $1,787.
 
In rough imports, there was a decline of 4 percent to $53 million, while exports of rough dropped 44 percent to $15 million in May.
 
In January-May, imports of polished posted a 13-percent rise on the year to just over $10.0 billion, while exports of polished goods showed a similar rise – up 12 percent to $7.56 billion.
 
In rough goods, imports fell 6 percent to $192 million, while exports slumped 28 percent to $110 million.