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Zimbabwe: Rough diamonds from the Marange diamond fields get detention order by U.S. customs and border protection

Rough diamonds from the Marange Diamond Fields have been hit by the detention orders issues by the U.S customs and boarder protection (CPB). The U.S. CBP issued five Withhold Release Orders (WROs) covering five different products, imported from five different countries yesterday and Marange diamonds were part of the affected products. This action was based on information obtained and reviewed by CBP that indicates that the products are produced, in whole or in part, using forced labor. “A major part of CBP’s mission is facilitating legitimate trade and travel,” said Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan. “CBP’s issuing of these five withhold release orders shows that if we suspect a product is made using forced labor, we’ll take that product off U.S. shelves.

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