Merchandise Produced by Convict, Forced, or Indentured Labor; Conforming Amendment and Technical Corrections

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Section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1307)

prohibits the importation of merchandise that has been mined, produced, or manufactured, wholly or in part, in any foreign country by forced labor, including prison labor and forced child labor. Despite this general prohibition, the Tariff Act of 1930 included a “consumptive demand” clause, which allowed for the importation of forced-labor-derived goods if the goods were not produced in such quantities in the United States as to meet the “consumptive demands” of the United States.

On February 24, 2016, the President signed into law the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA) (Pub. L. 114-125). Section 910 of TFTEA repeals the “consumptive demand” clause in section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930, thereby eliminating the consumptive demand exception to the prohibition on importation of goods made with convict labor, forced labor, or indentured servitude. This amendment went into effect on March 10, 2016. – READ MORE – LINK : Federal Register .Gov