Washington dc [US], May 28 (ANI): U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has imposed a ban on importing seafood from Chinese company Dalian Fishing Company because of its use of forced labor, it said on Friday. Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas.
“Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alexander N. Mayorkas announced that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a release order against Dalian Ocean Fishing Co., Ltd. based on information that reasonably indicates the use of forced labor in the entity’s fishing operations, “CBP said in a press release.
Mayorkas said companies that exploit their workers have no place to do business in the United States.
“Products made from forced labor not only exploit workers, but harm American companies and expose consumers to unethical purchases. This restraining order will ensure that we continue to protect the human rights of people who they work in the distance fishing industry, while defending our national and economic security, “he added.
The CBP identified the International Labor Organization’s 11 indicators of forced labor during its investigation, including physical violence, wage retention, and abusive working and living conditions, according to an official CBP statement.
With immediate effect, the new Detained Release Order instructs CBP personnel at all U.S. ports of entry to begin detaining tuna, swordfish and other seafood harvested by vessels owned or operated by Dalian Ocean Fishing Co. , Ltd. This is the first restraining order withheld. CBP has issued against a whole fleet of fishing vessels.
The International Labor Organization estimates that 25 million workers suffer in conditions of forced labor worldwide. Some foreign companies exploit forced labor to sell goods below market value, harming law-abiding companies, threatening U.S. jobs and leading consumers to make unethical purchases, according to the statement. (ANI)