Belgium" April polished export value grew 23% on a 9 percent decrease in vloume!!!

This results in a 36 percent increase in value per carat since last year at this time in Belgium.

Belgium's April polished diamond exports grew 23 percent year on year to $1.157 billion in April, according to the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC). By volume, polished exports fell 9 percent to 533,128.25 carats as the average price of the goods grew 36 percent to $2,170.60 per carat.

Belgium's polished imports rose 8 percent to $1.009 billion. Net polished exports, representing the excess of exports over imports, rose to $147 million during the monoth, compared to $11.5 million one year ago. 

Rough imports increased 38 percent to 1.422 billion and rough exports grew 28 percent to $1.528 billion. Belgium's net rough imports, representing rough imports less exports, was in deficit by $105 million compared with a deficit of $167 million in April 2012.

Belgium's net diamond account for April, reflecting total rough and polished exports less total imports, rose to 42 percent to $253 million.