U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that effective July 23 carpets and hand-knotted wool products produced by the Nepalese company Annapurna Carpet Industries Pvt. Ltd. are admissible at all U.S. ports of entry. This company has effectively been removed from a withhold release order CBP issued on such goods from Nepal in July 1998 because it has addressed all 11 indicators of forced labor in its production process.

CBP said the WRO remains in effect for three Nepalese companies and will not be modified or revoked until they fully remediate all indicators of forced labor in their production processes.

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg offers a comprehensive suite of services to help companies address forced labor concerns, including supply chain reviews, due diligence strategies, and proactive remediation. In addition, ST&R has launched a new web page offering a broad range of information on forced labor-related efforts in the U.S. and around the world. ST&R also has an on-demand webinar on forced labor and supply chain transparency available online.

For more information on forced labor issues, please contact Amanda Levitt (at (212) 549-0148) or via email), David Olave (at (202) 730-4960 or via email), or Nicole Bivens Collinson (at (202) 730-4956 or via email).

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