U.S. Authorities Ban Malaysian Glove Maker Supermax for Labor Abuses

U.S. authorities on Wednesday banned Malaysian Glove Maker Supermax and its subsidiaries for labor abuses.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a Withhold Release Order (WRO) to Supermax Corporation and its subsidiaries for multiple indicators of forced labor.

“With this Withhold Release Order, the Biden-Harris Administration continues to make clear that products made in whole or in part by forced labor will not be allowed into the United States,” Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas said.

“DHS will continue to set an international standard for the elimination of the deplorable practice of forced labor. We will remove it from American supply chains,” Mayorkas added.

CBP Acting Commissioner Troy Miller said his office would “continue to exclude products made by modern slavery from entering the United States.”

“This Withhold Release Order will help protect vulnerable workers,” Miller added.

CBP identified ten International Labor Organization indicators of forced labor during its investigation.

The indicators included debt bondage, excessive overtime, abusive working and living conditions, and retention of identity documents.

“With 10 of the 11 forced labor indicators identified during our investigation, CBP has ample evidence to conclude that Supermax Corporation Bhd. and its subsidiaries produce gloves in violation of U.S. trade law,” CBP Office of Trade Executive Assistant Commissioner AnnMarie R. Highsmith said.

“Until Supermax and its subsidiaries can prove their manufacturing processes are free of forced labor, their goods are not welcome here,” Highsmith added.

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