Child/Forced Labor Lists Under Review
January 11th is the deadline to file comments or information regarding the child labor and forced labor review. Such comments should be filed with the Department of Labor’s International Labor Affairs office, who has the responsibility every two years to file lists with Congress of goods made overseas that are suspected of being made by child or forced labor. This mandate falls under the Trafficking Victims Reauthorization Act, which seeks to eliminate the use of such labor. The current list of suspected products can be found at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ilab/reports/child-labor/list-of-goods.
A prohibition also remains in place from Executive Order 13126; this prohibits federal agencies from purchasing goods that are suspected of being produced by child or forced labor. Any federal contractor that supplies the government with goods on this list https://www.dol.gov/ilab/reports/child-labor/list-of-products/index-country.htm is required to certify that they have taken reasonable measures to ensure that child or forced labor was not used in the production of these goods.
These lists are also utilized to assess a country’s eligibility to participate in the Generalized System of Preferences or any other favorable trade program.
- Posted by ALBA Wheels
- On October 22, 2018
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