U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a new withhold release order that, effective Nov. 4, requires the detention at all U.S. ports of entry of disposable gloves produced in Malaysia by a group of companies collectively known as Smart Glove (Smart Glove Corporation Sdn Bhd, GX Corporation Sdn Bhd, GX3 Specialty Plant, Sigma Glove Industries, and Platinum Glove Industries Sdn Bhd.).
According to CBP, this order is based on information that reasonably indicates that Smart Glove production facilities utilize forced labor, including seven of the 11 International Labor Organization indicators of forced labor.
Importers of detained shipments will have an opportunity to export their shipments or submit proof to CBP that they were not produced with forced labor.
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. For more information, 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). You can also click here for ST&R’s forced labor resources page.
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