Uzbek cotton off forced labor certification list

The Labor Department has determined that significant reductions in forced labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton sector have recently occurred.

Uzbek cotton off forced labor certification list

The Labor Department has determined that significant reductions in forced labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton sector have recently occurred.

Uzbek cotton off forced labor certification list

The Labor Department has determined that significant reductions in forced labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton sector have recently occurred.

 

   The Labor Department has made a final determination to remove Uzbek cotton from the list of products requiring federal contractor certification regarding forced or indentured child labor, DOL announced.
    DOL, the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department proposed removing cotton from Uzbekistan from the list in a notice of initial determination published July 31.
    Federal contractors that supply products on the list must prove they made a good faith effort to determine if the products were produced under forced labor, and they are prohibited from acquiring goods falling under the product-country pairs on the list.
    “After a thorough review of the comments received and information available, the departments have determined that the use of forced child labor in the cotton harvest in Uzbekistan has been significantly reduced to isolated incidents,” DOL said.

   The list was first published in 2001, pursuant to a June 12, 1999, executive order stating that executive agencies must take “appropriate actions” to enforce laws prohibiting manufacture or importation of goods, wares, articles and merchandise mined, produced or manufactured wholly or in part by forced or indentured child labor, DOL noted.
    When DOL added cotton from Uzbekistan to the list in 2010, forced child labor was “pervasive” in the country’s cotton sector, the announcement says.
    But available reporting for the 2017 and 2018 harvest seasons indicates any child labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton sector now happens in isolated occurrences and that the Uzbek government has generally made improvements in investigating and remedying forced labor cases such as children being forced to pick cotton and bring it to school to meet cotton quotas, DOL said.
    The involved departments will continue to monitor future cotton harvests while maintaining the list, DOL said.
    A U.S. interagency committee in December held a hearing to consider whether to revoke the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) for countries including Uzbekistan, after the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) petitioned the Trump administration to review the country’s eligibility.
   A representative of the ILRF Cotton Campaign claimed Uzbekistan had made only limited progress in eradicating forced labor in the cotton sector. But an International Labor Organization representative during the same hearing said his group found significant reductions in forced labor and no child labor.

The slowdown in the manufacturing sector with the ongoing softening in trade sentiment point to the likelihood of continued weakness in air cargo markets in the coming months. 

The U.S. international trade goods and services deficit was $49.4 billion in February, down $1.8 billion from January's revised figures, according to U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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