Wave of forced labor enforcement blurs compliance efforts

Law360 (Aug 6, 2021, 4:50 p.m. EDT) – A steady increase in enforcement against the importation of goods made with forced labor has prompted importers to scramble to change supply chains or prove their supply is clean, which poses compliance challenges for businesses used to coasting in a more relaxed environment.

The burgeoning forced labor import net crosses party lines, with the Biden and Trump administrations fueling increased frontline law enforcement at U.S. customs and border protection, and there is no indication that it will slow down.

“In some sectors, [forced labor] is the most important trade-related topic at the moment ”, Miller & Chevalier Chtd. partner and former CBP lawyer …

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