Forced Labor Compliance Impacts & Benefits

Since June, Feds have seized nearly $1 billion in goods tied to forced labor.  Due to the recent toughening of forced labor policies, US importers, exporters, freight forwarders, customs brokers, and other entities involved in international trade have an expanded responsibility to monitor, identify, and report forced labor in their supply chains. CBP aims to increase government-private sector collaboration to combat forced labor while providing additional incentives to encourage private sector engagement in the program. 

CBP has announced Forced Labor Compliance Benefits to include:

  • Front of the Line Admissibility Review. CTPAT Trade Compliance partners who have shipments detained due to forced labor will have their admissibility packages prioritized for review by the appropriate CBP Center of Excellence and Expertise.
  • Redelivery Hold. CTPAT Trade Compliance partners who have shipments arrive at their facility that are later determined to be held due to ties to forced labor, where redelivery is normally requested, may hold their shipments intact at their facility, rather than redelivering the goods to CBP until an admissibility determination is made or until such time that a physical inspection is required.
  • Detained Withhold Release Order Shipments Move to Bonded Facility. CTPAT Trade Compliance partners who have a shipment detained by CBP due to a Withhold Release Order will be allowed to move the goods to a bonded facility to be held intact until CBP makes an admissibility determination.

Leveraging The Partnership in CTPAT

Forced labor may be a new and challenging issue for many compliance managers. Transparency and effective communication with CBP can alleviate ambiguities and reinforce a company’s commitment to compliance. If you’re operating at capacity and don’t have the resources to foster these ongoing engagements, we can help. Our team specializes in connecting the dots between your company and CBP by facilitating necessary communications. With over 80 years of combined experience in CBP & CTPAT, our team can push your relationship with CBP in the right direction and minimize future complications.

Maximize the partnership & minimize difficulties at the port-of-entry by driving your relationship with CBP in the right direction. 

About Us

The CT Strategies team of former CBP CTPAT Supply Chain Security Specialists (SCSS) and Directors help companies successfully navigate CBP’s CTPAT program. Using insights from over 80 years of combined CBP operational and policy knowledge, we leverage our first-hand CTPAT supply chain security experience and connections to current CBP leadership, so you can save time and money and get the most out of your CTPAT membership.

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