CBP's implementation of the new "Forced Labor" law
The US and EU have strengthened their enforcement initiatives to eliminate forced labour in supply chains. Importers, particularly in the fashion, electronics, solar and automotive industries, should review the updated DOL list of goods made with child labour or forced labour for possible future CBP enforcement targets.
In August 2022, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) targeted $266.5 million worth of goods for suspected forced labour, according to the agency's operational statistics report.
On 28 September 2022, the US Department of Labor (DOL) updated its list of goods produced with child labour or forced labour (Forced Labor List) with 32 additional products, including textiles, lithium-ion batteries, palm oil products and solar components. These products could be targets for CBP enforcement in the future.