U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a new withhold release order that, effective Dec. 31, 2020, requires the detention at all U.S. ports of entry of tuna and any seafood harvested by the Lien Yi Hsing No. 12, a Taiwanese-flagged and owned distant water fishing vessel.

This order was based on information that reasonably indicates the use of forced labor, including deception, withholding of wages, and debt bondage. However, importers of detained shipments will have an opportunity to export their shipments or submit proof to CBP that the seafood was not produced with forced labor.

For more information on this or other WROs and how they may affect your business, please contact Nicole Bivens Collinson or Elise Shibles.

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