Three Items Removed from List of Products Believed to be Made with Forced or Child Labor
The Department of Labor has removed three items – tobacco from Kazakhstan, charcoal from Namibia and diamonds from Zimbabwe – from its 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 DOL is also continuing to conduct research on whether to remove salt from Cambodia. In all, this list now comprises 134 products from 73 countries, a total of 342 line items.
The DOL is required to publish this list pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005. The TVPRA also requires the department 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 states that is not publishing its full report on this list, which also includes a discussion of the scope, methodology and limitations of the list, and instead now plans to do so only every two years, beginning no later than Dec. 1, 2014.