U.S. Customs and Border Protection has lifted import restrictions on disposable gloves manufactured by Supermax Corporation Bhd. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries (Supermax Glove Manufacturing, Maxter Glove Manufacturing Sdn. Bhd., and Maxwell Glove Manufacturing Bhd.).
In October 2021 CBP issued a withhold release order against imports of these gloves based on evidence reasonably indicating the presence of 10 of the 11 International Labor Organization indicators of forced labor. Since that time, CBP states, the company has demonstrated that it has taken steps to remediate those indicators.
As a result, effective Sept. 19 CBP will allow imports of disposable gloves manufactured by these companies to enter the U.S. provided they are otherwise in compliance with U.S. laws.
This is the fourth time CBP has terminated forced labor-related import restrictions this year. CBP acting commissioner Troy Miller has said these actions prove that “our enforcement efforts are driving responsible corporate citizenship and significant changes in corporate behavior” by importers and businesses “as they identify and eliminate forced labor from their supply chains so that they can do business in the U.S.”
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