How Newly-Enforced US Import Restrictions on Forced Labor/Child Labor/NK Labor Made Products Can Affect You and Your Shipments to the United States
Robin W. Grover, JD, LCB, CCLS; is an international trade lawyer with 38 years' experience handling all aspects of export-import issues. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School. He has been a partner in two law national firms and currently is the sole proprietor of the Law Office of Robin Grover. Robin is also a licensed U.S. Customs Broker, a Certified Classification Specialist, a Certified Export Specialist and, a Certified Drawback Specialist.
He is a member of the U.S. Court of International Trade and has represented clients before all federal agencies having a role in regulating exports and imports, foreign corrupt practices, antiboycott compliance and foreign investment in the United States. He has authored four books on export-import topics. His most recent book, issued in April 2017, addresses Made in America product claims, Buy American government procurement requirements and related trade issues.
Robin has taught the full range of international trade topics domestically and overseas. He has prepared and presented more than 100 webinars dealing with a wide variety of topics involving imports, exports, and other international trade matters.
US Customs has the power to seize and detain goods that it suspects are the product of child labor, forced labor or North Korean contract labor working outside that country, the latter earning much needed foreign exchange for the Kim regime to evade US prohibitions on American entities doing business with that country. Certain foreign products are listed by the US Government as more likely to have been produced using such proscribed labor. Recently strengthened US laws banning imports of such products can catch you unaware of your product halted from delivery at the US port of entry. This webinar will review the applicable laws affecting the import of products suspected of being the yield of a forced, child or North Korean contract labor and will address Customs penalty cases, agency enforcement powers, product sectors and supplier countries of most risk, and how to deal with US CBP if your goods are seized and detained. This is a practical review with practical benefits for foreign exporters. You will learn of policies, Best Practices and similar measures you can take to avoid problems and mitigate their effects if they occur.
Three newly enforced import requirements are creating havoc for exporters of products to the United States, empowering US Customs to seize, detain and refuse to release your goods if they are suspected of having been produced with the aid of child labor, forced labor, or North Korean overseas contract labor.
- What are the US requirements for imported goods deemed the product of child, forced or North Korean contract labor?
- What to do if your goods are seized and detained?
- What is the nature and extent of the cases brought over such seizures?
- What are the Best Practices to consider adopting to minimize your chances of US Customs seizing and detaining your products?
- What recordkeeping should you maintain to avoid delays, disruption, and expenses associated with seizures and detentions of your products upon entry into the United States?
Course Level - Basic/Intermediate
Who Should Attend
Purchasing staff, Salesmen, Trade Compliance departments, Shipping, Receiving and Purchasing
Why Should You Attend
As an exporter to the United States, don’t be surprised by the recent and ongoing enforcement efforts by U.S. Customs and Border Protection against foreign-origin products suspected of being the product of child labor, forced labor or North Korean contract laborers sent abroad to earn money for the embargoed government in Pyongyang. The law against the importation of goods made with child labor has been in effect for decades but was almost never enforced due to a “consumption” exception for products not made by US domestic suppliers in sufficient. A change in the law by Congress has forced CBP to enforce the ban on goods purportedly made with child labor, and it has created havoc for suppliers from certain regions of the world. This can prove costly, disruptive and difficult to remedy for exporter thousands of miles from the US port of entry.