How to Prepare for New Canada, Mexico, and US Forced Labor and Supply Chain Due Diligence Laws
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June 7, 2023
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What You Need to Know, How to Comply, and Developing a Practical Compliance Program
In 2020, under the terms of the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), the three countries agreed to implement measures to ban the importation of goods produced with forced labor. Since then, all three countries have passed laws and taken actions to uphold those obligations. The United States passed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act and has exponentially increased the number of shipments detained at the border for forced labor concerns. Canada implemented a forced labor ban and just passed S-211, which requires supply chain due diligence reporting. Mexico also recently passed a resolution to ban the importation of goods produced with forced labor effective May 18, 2023.
Importers that do business in North America will need to ensure that they are aware of and comply with the applicable forced labor and supply chain due diligence requirements in these countries.
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