So far in 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection authorities have seized $50 million in goods made with slave labor, mainly from China and Malaysia, the Washington Examiner reported.
Federal law prohibits importing goods extracted, manufactured, or produced, in part or in whole, by convict labor, forced child labor, and bonded labor.
During the fiscal year 2020, the Department of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued 13 orders to prevent the entry into the U.S. of foreign goods produced by foreign companies that depended on children, abused workers, and people in concentration camps.
Orders issued during the last year were more than the previous four years combined. In 2020, CBP seized 300 shipments containing more than $50 million in goods made with forced labor.
On July 1, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security issued a statement to all U.S. companies that produce their goods in companies in the Xinjiang region that are involved in human rights violations.
“The PRC government in Xinjiang has … detained for indefinite periods more than one million Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs, ethnic Kyrgyz, and members of other Muslim minority groups in internment camps designed to eradicate detainees’ cultural and religious identities, and to indoctrinate them with Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ideology,” the statement said.
In the statement, acting Secretary Cuccinelli warned that American companies should evaluate their business activities and “examine the impact this exportation of forced labor has on their supply chains and, more importantly, their reputations.”
Apparently, some prominent American companies have not read the press release.
A recent report revealed that Apple, Adidas, GAP, Calvin Klein, and H&M use cotton from these forced labor camps in Xinjiang province, China.
In May, authorities banned imports made by the Hetian Haolin Hair Accessories Co. of Xinjiang. Then, in June, border protection officials at the Port of New York/Newark intercepted a shipment from Xinjiang containing 13 tons of human hair extensions and products suspected of being made by forced and imprisoned minors.
The government then imposed a ban on all products from Meixin Hair Product Co. of Lop County, where the human hair extensions originated.
Border authorities also announced a ban on palm oil made at Malaysia’s Sime Darby Berhad Plantation, accused of mistreating its workers, including physical and sexual violence, withholding wages, intimidation, and threats, and restricting movement.
Ana Hinojosa, a Customs and Border Protection official, explained: “The goal of these [palm oil] companies is to lower their production costs and sell their goods below the market value, which of course introduces unfair competition into the global supply chain.”
She added: “That unfair competition hurts legitimate businesses that do respect human rights and fair labor standards. In addition, forced labor is inherently unfair to consumers who may unknowingly purchase unethically made goods.”
In contrast, sources familiar with the issue report that the European Union is about to sign a massive trade agreement with Beijing, despite repeated allegations of human rights abuses by the CCP.
The agreement has yet to be approved by the European Parliament, where some members may want to block it.
The fact that European “leaders” recognize China’s genocidal regime as a trading partner is a clear contrast between these “politicians” and a leader like President Trump who uses his humanity and the greater good to make decisions without regard to what is “politically correct.”