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2 Mar 2021


USA: Customs and Border Protection launches investigation into Boohoo & considers import ban following allegations of labour abuse at company’s Leicester supplier factories

“Boohoo ‘not aware’ of investigation after reports of US import ban”, 02 March 2021

Online clothing giant Boohoo has said it is not "aware of any investigation" by US authorities after reports it could face an import ban.

Campaign group Liberty Shared said it had raised concerns with US customs about potential labour abuse in the company's supply chain.

Boohoo came under fire last year after reports factory workers at Leicester suppliers were being underpaid.

But it said it was "confident" it could meet customs standards in the US.

According to Sky News, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has seen sufficient evidence to launch an investigation after petitions from lawyer Duncan Jepson, who runs Liberty Shared, an NGO (non-governmental organisation) against modern day slavery.

However, it also found the company had not committed any criminal offences.

In a statement, Boohoo said: "Over the past eight months the group has been working closely with UK enforcement bodies.

"If the group were to discover any suggestion of modern day slavery it would immediately disclose this to the relevant authorities."

The BBC has contacted the CBP in the US for comment.