Forced Labor/U.K. Modern Slavery Act

On July 26, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) modified its July 1998 Withhold Release Order (WRO) that originally prevented the importation of carpet and hand-knotted wool products from seven Nepalese companies. Specifically, CBP modified the WRO so that carpet and hand-knotted wool products from Annapurna Carpet Industries Pvt. Ltd. (Annapurna Carpet) would be

On June 30, 2021, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued its first-ever Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism National Priorities (the “Priorities”). FinCEN was required to do this by the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (“AMLA”), enacted on January 1, 2021, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021. FinCEN

On July 9, 2021, The Department of Commerce (DOC) determined that 23 Chinese companies took actions contrary to the foreign policy interests of the United States and were added to the Entities List. The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) noted that it “publishes the names of certain foreign persons – including businesses, research institutions,

On June 24, 2021, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) added five Chinese entities to the Entity List for partaking in the forced labor of Muslim minority groups from Xinjiang, an autonomous territory in northwest China. This action by the BIS – which specifically targets the five entities’ ability to access

On June 24, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a Withhold Release Order (WRO) against Hoshine Silicon Industry Co. Ltd. – a silica manufacturing company located in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) – and its subsidiaries on the basis of forced labor in the entity’s manufacturing practices. The WRO instructs CBP personnel

On June 13, 2021, leaders from the U.S., U.K., Canada, Japan, France, Germany, and Italy (the G7) — announced their joint actions to support and strengthen free and fair trade. The joint actions emphasized efforts to combat forced labor in global supply chains as well as other initiatives to review trade policies to further women’s

On May 28, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a Withhold Release Order (WRO) against Chinese fishing fleet Dalian Ocean Fishing Co., Ltd. (Dalian) on the basis of forced labor in the entity’s operations. The WRO against Dalian comes amid earlier WROs against other vessels in the distant water fishing industry—such as the

On May 26, 2021, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) proposed new measures to address forced labor on fishing vessels as part of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) agreement on curbing harmful fisheries subsidies. The negotiations, which began last year were delayed due to COVID-19. Negotiations restarted in April of 2021 with WTO Director-General Ngozi

On May 4, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the seizure of almost 4 million nitrile disposable gloves valued at over half a million dollars. The seizure was made following the receipt of information leading to a March 29, 2021, forced labor finding against Malaysia-based Top Glove Corporation Bhd (Top Glove). The finding

On May 10, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Regulations and Rulings issued a denial of a protest in response to a request for an Application for Further Review (AFR) concerning a shipment of cotton garments that were suspected of violating CBP’s Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (“XPCC”) Withhold Release Order (WRO).