US CUSTOMS “WITHHOLD RELEASE ORDER” REGARDING SEAFOOD HARVESTED WITH FORCED LABOUR

On 4 August, KPMG reported that CBP has issued a “withhold release order” against a Fijian-flagged and owned longline fishing vessel, based on information that “reasonably indicates the use of forced labour in the vessel’s fishing operations”.  It cites withholding of wages, debt bondage and retention of identity documents.  With effect from 4 August, all US ports of entry will detain tuna and other seafood harvested by the Hangton No. 112, a Fijian-flagged and -owned fishing vessel.

https://home.kpmg/us/en/home/insights/2021/08/tnf-cbp-withhold-release-order-regarding-seafood-harvested-forced-labor.html

https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/cbp-issues-withhold-release-order-seafood-harvested-forced-labor-0

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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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