Israeli diamonds will now be offered for sale directly to Chinese consumers on Alibaba’s famous luxury platform, Ali Auction (paimai.taobao.com). The Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE), which has been working with Alibaba.com for the past year on B2B diamond sales, is now expanding its activity in the Chinese market through this prestigious ecommerce site. IDE is the only diamond center to have such an agreement with the Chinese internet giant.
The new marketing venture with Ali Auction will be launched in Shanghai at the first China International Import Expo (CIIE), from November 5 – 10, 2018. There the Israeli Diamond Industry will have an important presence with a national pavilion, located in Hall 5.1, featuring seven major Israeli companies, who will be seeking to sell their goods to Chinese diamond dealers as well as private consumers.
A major feature at the Israeli pavilion will be the launch of the JV of the Israeli industry and Ali Auction. IDE will offer a wide and diverse stock of diamonds, from small to large important diamonds, totaling in the millions of dollars. The diamonds will be sold online on the Ali Auction site, offline at the pavilion and at live auctions held once a day, where buyers can place bids on specific items.
IDE President Yoram Dvash said, “We’re really excited to again be partnering with Alibaba, which is one of the most exciting and creative internet sales platforms in the world.” Jun Zhen, International Business Development Director at Ali Auction said, “IDE is the first international institute that has entered Ali Auction. We would like to see it succeed and we will help IDE grow in the Chinese market.”
Asia, and especially Hong Kong and China, is Israel’s second largest export market, representing over 30% of total polished diamond exports. IDI organizes national pavilions in four trade shows in Hong Kong every year – in March, June, September and November. While much of the Asian trade goes through Hong Kong, Israel also supplies polished diamonds to China, India, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Australia and other Far Eastern markets.