US CUSTOMS COLLECTS $575,000 IN PENALTIES FOR IMPORTS MADE WITH FORCED LABOUR

A news release from US Customs & Border Protection advised that it has collected $575,000 in penalties following the closure of a civil enforcement action against the importer Pure Circle USA Inc – the first penalty that CBP has issued for imports made with forced labour since a new Act come into force in 2015.  The action stems from an investigation into stevia produced in China by Inner Mongolia Hengzheng Group Baoanzhao Agricultural and Trade LLC that CBP initiated after receiving an allegation from a NGO.  CBP found that the US company had imported at least 20 shipments of stevia powder and derivatives produced from stevia leaves that were processed in China with prison labour in violation of U.S. law, and issued a penalty against the importer.

https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/cbp-collects-575000-pure-circle-usa-stevia-imports-made-forced-labor

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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