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In the News: Forced Labor, Textiles, Container Inspections, Import Center

Monday, January 21, 2019
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U.S. apparel company cuts ties with Chinese factory over internment camp suspicions

“China is facing intensifying international pressure over the camps, which have been widely called a human rights abuse.”

[The Hill]

Pakistan textile industry likely to get higher import orders from U.S.

“‘Owing to trade tensions between the US and China, Pakistan’s textile industry is receiving a large number of import queries from the US,’ an official of the textile industry disclosed. Already, the duties on the import of cotton – a major input for the textile industry – have been withdrawn by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) in order to reduce the cost of industrial inputs.”

[Express Tribune]

Maersk to begin random container inspections over safety fears

“‘We have recently implemented a Physical Container Inspection Pilot within North America. We are currently performing inspections for import and export cargo into the ports of Newark Berth 88, Houston Bayport, Miami Pomtoc and New Orleans Ceres terminals,’ it explained. ‘The checks will be undertaken by the National Cargo Bureau and initially paid for by Maersk, and the containers will be selected at random.”

[The Loadstar]

USDA temporarily closes Miami import center to new horse arrivals

“The import center has approximately 95 individual horse stalls available for quarantine purposes. In addition to horse facilities, the import center also has a separate quarantine area for birds. APHIS veterinarians are monitoring all birds under quarantine and have not seen any signs of illness. The avian facility will remain open, and intake of new birds will continue as scheduled, APHIS said.”

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