Legal Ramifications EGL USA would like to clarify the serious legal ramifications to our trade regarding the recently reported border ban that has been imposed by the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection on the importation and distribution of grading certificates from EGL labs outside North America that are in violation of the EGL trademarks in North America. The effect of the border ban is that all materials bearing EGL marks (including laser-inscribed diamonds), other than those authorized by EGL USA, can be seized by the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection. The illegal certificates, and accompanying diamonds, may be subject to confiscation or detention. EGL USA's intention is to protect the trade and consumers, not to disrupt business. We do not want the trade's diamonds to be held up in Customs. As the exclusive owner of the EGL trademarks in North America, we

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