CBP May Add “Prior Disclosure-Like Process” on Forced Labor for CTPAT
U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) Director of Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) Manny Garza reportedly said recently during a CBP webinar that the agency is working on a new benefit for CTPAT members involving forced labor compliance.
International Trade Today’s Brian Feto reports that Garza described a kind of “prior disclosure process” that would allow CTPAT members to “report they’ve found forced labor in their supply chain without triggering CBP penalties or additional detentions.”
Garza reportedly said that CBP recognizes companies want to disclose information on forced labor in their shipments but don’t want to get in trouble for providing that information. CBP is working on a CTPAT solution so participating companies can provide information to CBP “without worrying about it getting issued penalties or having additional shipments stopped.” No such benefit currently exists.
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