UK/UZBEKISTAN TRADE TARGETED IN UNPRECEDENTED LEGAL CHALLENGE OVER ALLEGED FORCED LABOUR IN SUPPLY CHAIN

On 1st November, Control Risks reported that, on 21st October, an NGO and a human rights law group launched legal proceedings against the UK government for applying preferential tariffs to imported Uzbekistani cotton, citing the use of forced labour in that industry.  It is said to be the first of its kind in a European court and that any ruling is likely to have implications for other EU countries, given that the UK’s preferential tariffs are part of an EU-wide initiative aimed at facilitating trade with Uzbekistan.

https://www.controlrisks.com/our-thinking/insights/ngo-scrutiny-of-forced-labour-in-supply-chain

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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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