US CUSTOMS & BORDER PROTECTION ENFORCES FORCED LABOUR PROHIBITION IN FIRST ACTION AGAINST VESSEL

On 8th April, White & Case published an article saying that a Taiwanese-owned, Vanuatu-flagged fishing vessel, carrying tuna and tuna products, is the first known enforcement target of its kind by US CBP in its efforts to halt the importation of goods produced with forced labour.  The owner of this perishable cargo now must decide whether to export the cargo at the US port, if that option is available, or to demonstrate, if possible, that no forced labour was used in the product aboard the vessel.  This follows a 2016 change in law requiring importers to ensure that imported merchandise does not involve forced labour use.  The import prohibition applies to all importers of goods to the US, and importers have a general obligation to exercise “reasonable care” and to take all necessary and appropriate steps to ensure that goods imported to the US comply with all laws and regulations.  Companies are advised to address the risks of forced labour and trafficking through various measures, including ongoing operational and supply chain due diligence.

https://www.whitecase.com/publications/alert/us-customs-border-protection-enforces-forced-labor-prohibition-first-action

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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