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CBP: New enforcement policy on North Korea and forced labor

New enforcement policy on North Korea and forced labor

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a release about the U.S. trade enforcement policy with respect to North Korea and forced labor.


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According to a CBP release, the agency is committed to making importers aware of the risks associated with forced labor, compliance responsibilities, and ways to validate that supply chains are free of forced labor. It appears that CBP has issued CBP Form 28 (Request for Information) to importers regarding their internal policies with regard to these issues.

Under U.S. law enacted in August 2017, any significant merchandise mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part by North Korean nationals or citizens generally is prohibited from entry into the United States (unless CBP finds, through clear and convincing evidence, that the merchandise was not produced with a form of prohibited labor). When CBP finds evidence of North Korean labor, CBP will deny entry, and actions may include seizure of the merchandise and referral for a criminal investigation for violation of U.S. law.


For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice:

Douglas Zuvich | +1 (312) 665-1022 |

Andrew Siciliano | +1 (631) 425-6057 |

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