Using the U.S. Tariff Act to Disrupt Forced Labor in Supply Chains: A Practitioner's Perspective -
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January 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm UTC-5

Using the U.S. Tariff Act to Disrupt Forced Labor in Supply Chains: A Practitioner’s Perspective

Trade remedies for forced labor have received significant attention in recent years. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued 29 Withhold Release Orders (WROs) under the U.S. Tariff Act since 2016.  These orders block the entry of goods tainted by forced or prison labor in U.S. markets. On January 13, 2021, five months after a coalition of non-governmental organizations submitted a petition to CBP, the United States issued a Withhold Release Order prohibiting all cotton products (and tomato products) traceable to Xinjiang, China from entry into the U.S. market. This region-wide WRO will have significant impact on U.S. supply chains and corporate behavior.

This panel brings together leading experts who have petitioned the U.S. government to block imports of goods made with forced labor under the Section 307 of the Tariff Act. The experts will discuss petitions to U.S. CBP requesting that the agency prohibit goods such as palm oil, cocoa, seafood, and cotton. The speakers will also discuss the impact of the Tariff Act on corporate behavior, as the human rights and labor rights communities continue to work to end forced labor in global supply chains.

Speakers include:
Andy Shen, Greenpeace
Esmeralda Lopez, Global Labor Justice – International Labor Rights Forum (GLJ-ILRF)
Duncan Jepson, Liberty Shared
Charity Ryerson, Corporate Accountability Lab (CAL)
Anasuya Syam, The Human Trafficking Legal Center (Moderator)

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January 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm UTC-5




The Human Trafficking Legal Center