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Lists of Products Cited for Forced or Child Labor Expanded

Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Labor has added 11 items to a list of goods that may be made with forced or child labor and is proposing to add one item to a separate list of products that federal contractors must certify have not been made with forced or indentured child labor.

TVPRA List. The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2013 requires the DOL to submit to Congress no later than Dec. 1, 2014, and every two years thereafter, a list of foreign-made goods that it has reason to believe are produced by child and/or forced labor in violation of international standards. The department is also required to take steps to ensure that the goods on this list are not imported into the U.S. if they are made with forced or child labor, including working with producers to help set standards to eliminate the use of such labor.

The DOL is adding the following to the TVPRA list, which now totals 353 line items representing 136 products from 74 countries.

- garments from Bangladesh (child labor)

- alcoholic beverages from Cambodia (child labor)

- meat from Cambodia (child labor)

- textiles from Cambodia (child labor)

- timber from Cambodia (child labor)

- cotton from India (child labor)

- sugarcane from India (child labor)

- fish from Kenya (child labor)

- vanilla from Madagascar (child labor)

- electronics from Malaysia (forced labor)

- palm oil from Malaysia (child labor; already listed for forced labor)

- fish from Yemen (child labor)

EO 13126 List. 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 produce them and that, on the basis of those efforts, they are unaware of any such use of child labor.

The DOL is accepting through Jan. 30, 2015, comments on its proposal to add carpets from India to the EO 13126 list, which currently includes 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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