US ban on imports made with slavery requires companies to heighten supplier scrutiny - corporate lawyer Brenda Jacobs

Author: Brenda Jacobs, Sidley Austin LLP, on Just-Style (UK), Published on: 7 July 2016

"US forced labour ban requires supply chain scrutiny", 7 July 2016

Renewed interest in a US law banning the entry of imported goods made with forced or indentured labour requires manufacturers, US importers, brands and retailers to scrutinise their supply chains... [There] is evidence that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is actively looking to take enforcement actions...

CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske announced in May that...[he] has created a Trade Enforcement Task Force, staffed by 24 employees and focused on preventing improts of products made with forced labour (as we as products evading other unfair trade laws... Nine new attaches will be assigned to US embassies overseas to investigate allegations of forced labour...

Manufacturers, US brands, retailers and importers each should be thinking now about how they would be able to demonstrate that they have taken "every reasonable effort to determine the source of the merchandise and of every component thereof and to asscertain the character of labour used"... 

[Refers to enforcement actions against Tangshun Sanyou Group, Tangshan Sunfair Silicon Industries, Pure Circle Ltd.  Also refers to petitions submitted prior to revision of the US law against Indorama Kokand Textiles, Daewoo International]

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Related companies: Daewoo International (part of Posco) Indorama Posco