On 1st October, American Shipper reported that US Customs and Border Protection has issued holds on 5 products from 5 countries, requiring US importers to re-export those products or provide additional information that they were not made with forced labour.  The products include garments from China, rubber gloves from Malaysia, gold from the DRC, rough diamonds from the Marange fields in Zimbabwe and manufactured bone black from Brazil.

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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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