U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is in the midst of blocking any imports into the U.S. produced by North Korean workers. An investigation by the Associated Press found North Korean outsourced laborers preparing fish and seafood in Chinese factories. These commodities are being imported into U.S. stores and purchased by American citizens. The findings of this investigation has CBP reviewing the allegations and could lead to prohibition of the importation of any goods being produced by North Korean workers. This is an issue to CBP, the U.S. government and in turn U.S. citizens, because a substantial portion of North Korean workers wages are going directly to the North Korean state.
As a seafood importer this is important to you because CBP is going to be investigating imports more closely that have the potential of being produced by North Korean labor. It is vital to ensure the products you are importing into the U.S. are not being produced by factories that employ North Korean laborers since the goods in question will be prohibited entry into the U.S.
As investigations further into outsourced North Korean labor, other products and commodities found to support the North Korean state may be refused entry into the U.S. as well.
Pacific Customs Brokers stays up-to-date with all of the latest import news to assist in ensuring your business is compliant with any new regulations. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding how these changes may affect your upcoming imports.