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Carpets from India Not Added to Procurement Prohibition List

Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Labor has made a final determination not to add carpets from India to a list of goods requiring federal contractor certification as to forced or indentured child labor. After a nearly two-year review, the DOL states that there is insufficient evidence at this time establishing more than isolated incidents of forced or indentured child labor in the production of carpets in India.

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.

Products currently 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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