U.S. Customs Holding Goods Made in North Korea

Forced labor common North Korean practice, illegal for U.S. imports.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has detained products imported by Chinese sports clothing company Li-Ning under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) after finding that they were made using labor from North Korea. The company has not formally disclosed that its products were made in North Korean facilities, which used forced labor to make products in the past.

“Such merchandise will not be entitled to entry unless the importer provides clear and convincing evidence that their merchandise was not produced with convict labor, forced labor, or indentured labor under penal sanctions within 30 days of notice of detention,” CBP officials stated. Other countries such as Norway are also beginning to address Li-Ning’s opaque production practices.

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Sources: The Hill, CNN


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