Twenty-five products have been added to, and one has been removed from, the Department of Labor’s list of foreign-made goods it has reason to believe are produced by child and/or forced labor in violation of international standards. The DOL is 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 list, which the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2013 requires to be updated every two years, now totals 437 line items representing 155 products from 77 countries. Goods added to the list this year include the following.
- Brazil: coffee (forced labor)
- Cambodia: bovines (child labor) and bricks (child labor and forced labor)
- China: fish, gloves, hair products, textiles, thread/yarn, and tomato products (forced labor)
- Colombia: fruits (pome and stone) and grapes (child labor)
- Ethiopia: khat (child labor)
- India: sandstone (child labor and forced labor)
- Indonesia: palm oil (forced labor)
- Kenya: gold (child labor)
- Madagascar: mica (child labor)
- Malaysia: rubber gloves (forced labor)
- Mexico: cattle, garments, and leather goods (child labor)
- Taiwan: fish (forced labor)
- Venezuela: gold (forced labor)
- Zimbabwe: sugarcane and tobacco (child labor)
Cattle from Namibia (child labor) has been removed from the list.