Customs clarifies rules on banned Burmese gems

The Burma Task Force, composed of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, the American Gem Trade Association and Jewelers of America, have issued a press release that provides guidance on the steps importers and exporters must follow to import non-Burmese rubies and jadeite.

New York–The U.S. Customs Department has issued a set of more specific regulations for ruby and jadeite importers, including requirements that the companies obtain exporter certification and evidence of tracking, to ensure they are complying with a law banning the importation of Burmese rubies and jadeite into the United States.

In September 2008, the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE Act of 2008 became law, specifying that all rubies and jadeite originally from Myanmar (formerly called Burma), including jewelry containing those gemstones, be banned from the United States, even if the gemstones had been “substantially transformed” in a third-party nation.

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