Forced Labor and Child Labor

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) (under Section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. § 1307) prohibits the importation of merchandise mined, produced or manufactured, wholly or in part, in any foreign country by forced labor – including forced child labor. Such merchandise is subject to exclusion and/or seizure, and may lead to criminal investigation of the importer(s).

Below are several website addresses explaining the consequences for importing merchandise ‘…mined, produced or manufactured, wholly or in part, in any foreign country by forced labor…’ The last website discusses the due diligence CBP recommends all importers take.

C J recommends all importers require a specific statement from their suppliers that they do not use any form of forced labor and they do not conduct business, anywhere in their supply chain, with anyone or any company that utilizes forced labor.

US Department of Labor: Reducing Child Labor and Forced Labor

CBP Programs Outreach: Forced Labor

CBP Fact Sheet: Forced Labor Enforcement

CBP Fact Sheet: Supply Chain Due Diligence

If you have any questions, as always, please contact your local C J representative.

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