Analysis

Forced-Labor Enforcement Surge Muddles Compliance Efforts

By Alex Lawson (August 6, 2021, 4:50 PM EDT) -- A steady uptick in enforcing laws against importing goods made with forced labor has sent importers scrambling to shift supply chains or prove their sourcing is clean, posing compliance challenges for companies used to coasting through a more relaxed environment.

The burgeoning forced-labor import dragnet cuts across party lines, with both the Biden and Trump administrations fueling an enforcement surge on the front lines at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and there is no indication that it will slow.

"In some industries, [forced labor] is the most important trade-related topic right now," Miller & Chevalier Chtd. partner and former CBP attorney...

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