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US blocks goods from 5 countries for suspected forced labor

/ 01:15 PM October 02, 2019
US blocks goods from 5 countries for suspected forced labor

FILE – In this Dec. 5, 2018, file photo, residents pass by the entrance to the “Hotan City apparel employment training base” where Hetian Taida Apparel Co. has a factory in Hotan in western China’s Xinjiang region. The Trump administration on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, announced it is stopping imports of clothing, gold, diamonds and other items believed to have been produced with forced labor by companies based in Brazil, China, and Malaysia as well as some gold mined in eastern Congo and diamonds from a region in Zimbabwe. Hetian Taida Apparel Co., Ltd. in Xinjiang, is one of the companies sanctioned. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Tuesday announced it is stopping imports of clothing, gold, diamonds, and other items believed to have been produced with forced labor by companies based in Brazil, China, and Malaysia as well as some gold mined in eastern Congo and diamonds from a region in Zimbabwe.

An official at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Brenda Smith, said her agency issued orders to immediately detain the goods at U.S. ports of entry for further investigation. The move comes amid a wide-ranging trade dispute between the U.S. and China, which has led to new tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of goods.

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Smith said the “message here is that one of the ways the U.S. and China can collaborate together is to ensure that forced labor is not used.”

She said the companies can re-export the detained shipments or submit information to show they’re legal.

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The companies sanctioned are Bonechar Carvão Ativado Do Brasil Ltda; Hetian Taida Apparel Co., Ltd. in Xinjiang, China and WRP Asia Pacific Sdn. Bhd. in Malaysia. The action also covers gold mined at small artisan mines in eastern Congo and rough diamonds from the Marange diamond fields in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe’s government in a statement called the U.S. decision “a blatant and shameless lie.” The Marange region was in the spotlight a decade ago over alleged army killings of artisanal miners and forced labor. The fields are now commercially mined. /kga

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