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Carpets from India Still Being Considered for Addition to Procurement Prohibition List

Friday, June 17, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Labor has reopened through July 15 the period for public comments on its proposal to add carpets from India to a list of goods requiring federal contractor certification as to forced or indentured child labor.

Executive Order 13126 prohibits federal agencies from acquiring goods, wares, articles and merchandise that have been mined, produced or manufactured wholly or in part by forced or indentured child labor, and the EO 13126 list identifies products that the DOL has a reasonable basis to believe might meet that criterion. Federal contractors who supply the products on this list must certify that they have made a good faith effort to determine whether forced or indentured child labor was used to mine, produce or manufacture them and that, on the basis of those efforts, they are unaware of any such use of child labor.

In December 2014 the DOL announced plans to add carpets from India to the EO 13126 list, but comments on that proposal have raised issues as to whether there is sufficient evidence for doing so at this time.

Other products already on the EO 13126 list include the following.

- bamboo from Burma

- beans (green, soy, yellow) from Burma

- Brazil nuts/chestnuts from Bolivia

- bricks from Afghanistan, Burma, China, India, Nepal and Pakistan

- carpets from Nepal and Pakistan

- cassiterite from Democratic Republic of Congo

- cattle from South Sudan

- coal from Pakistan

- coca (stimulant plant) from Colombia

- cocoa from Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria

- coffee from Cote d’Ivoire

- coltan from DRC

- cotton from Benin, Burkina Faso, China, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan

- cottonseed (hybrid) from India

- diamonds from Sierra Leone

- dried fish from Bangladesh

- electronics from China

- embellished textiles (zari) from India and Nepal

- fish from Ghana

- garments from Argentina, India, Thailand and Vietnam

- gold from Burkina Faso and DRC

- granite from Nigeria

- gravel (crushed stones) from Nigeria

- pornography from Russia

- rice from Burma, India and Mali

- rubber from Burma

- shrimp from Thailand

- stones from India and Nepal

- sugarcane from Bolivia and Burma

- teak from Burma

- textiles (hand-woven) from Ethiopia

- tilapia (fish) from Ghana

- tobacco from Malawi

- toys from China

- wolframite from DRC

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