On March 29, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is scheduled to publish a Notice of Finding that certain disposable gloves produced by Top Glove Corporation Bhd (Top Glove) in Malaysia are made with forced labor. Section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930 prohibits the importation of goods “mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part…by convict labor or/and forced labor.”
On July 15, 2020, CBP issued a withhold release order (WRO) on disposable gloves manufactured by Top Glove based on evidence that reasonably indicated the company was using forced labor. A subsequent CBP investigation found sufficient evidence to support the claim.
The finding grants port officials the authority to seize gloves under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheadings 3926.20.1020, 4015.11.0150, 4015.19.0510, 4015.19.0550, 4015.19.1010, 4015.19.1050, and 4015.19.5000 made in whole or in part by Top Glove. CBP may initiate forfeiture proceedings for the covered merchandise, unless the importer can establish the gloves at issue were not produced with forced labor.