CBP Releases Fact Sheet Regarding Shipments Detained for Possible Forced Labor Usage

Posted by Sarah Lilly on 12/15/16 4:51 PM

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently released a Fact Sheet discussing shipments that are detained for possible forced labor usage. A focus of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA) is to prevent goods from entering the United States that have been made with forced labor.

According to the fact sheet, “When information reasonably, but not conclusively, indicates that merchandise within the purview of this provision is being imported, the Commissioner may issue a Withhold Release Order (WRO).” Once a WRO has been issued, importers are granted 3 months to provide documentation establishing that the goods in question were not made with forced labor.

Additional information on WRO’s and how to monitor supply chains are also provide on the Fact Sheet.

The Fact Sheet can be accessed at:


Topics: Import, Supply Chain

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