On 9 February, Hellenic Shipping News reported that major palm oil buyers are seeking to block FGV Holdings and Sime Darby Plantations from their global supply chain after the US banned imports from the 2 Malaysian producers.  It is reported that buyers have requested suppliers to reduce or exclude FGV and Sime Darby products for supplies entering not only the US, but also Europe, Australia and Japan.  FGV and Sime Darby are 2 of the world’s biggest palm oil producers and both were banned by the US Customs and Border Protection last year over the alleged use of forced labour during production.

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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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