While outlawing their import, the TFTEA allows for CBP to hold shipments where forced labor production is suspected. It also allows for coordination with ICE and the private sector in investigating forced labor allegations. There are also data processing and other technology tools made by leading companies such as SAP, IBM, Dun & Bradstreet, and Thomson Reuters that improve commercial targeting and enforcement capabilities.
By including this section in the TFTEA, Congress has taken an important step in combating forced labor. CBP should be commended for its early phase efforts in enforcing the new law. With interagency coordination and the participation of legitimate importers in identifying violators, meaningful results should be achieved.
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