Background

The Department of Labor has added ten products to, and removed three from, the list of foreign-made goods that it has reason to believe are produced by child and/or forced labor in violation of international standards. This list, which the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2013 requires the DOL to update every two years, now totals 418 line items representing 148 products from 76 countries. 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 states that the latest list adds amber, bovines, cabbages, carrots, cereal grains, lettuce, mica, peppers, sheep, and sweet potatoes from particular countries as well as the country of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). It also removes physic nuts from Burma produced by forced labor, sugarcane from Panama produced by child labor, and cotton from both Paraguay and Uzbekistan produced by child labor.

The full list will soon be available on the DOL’s website.

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