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Child and Forced Labour Lists Undergoing Annual Review

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs is requesting comments and information no later than 13 January 2020 to be used in the preparation of certain documents regarding child labour and forced labour in foreign countries.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2013 requires ILAB to submit to Congress every two years a list of foreign-made goods that it has reason to believe are produced by child and/or forced labour in violation of international standards. ILAB is also required to take steps to ensure that the goods on this list are not imported into the United States if they are made with forced or child labour, including working with producers to help set standards to eliminate the use of such labour.

Executive Order 13126 prohibits federal agencies from acquiring goods produced by forced or indentured child labour, and the DOL maintains a list of products that it has a reasonable basis to believe might have been mined, produced or manufactured with such labour. Federal contractors who supply the products on this list must certify that they have made a good faith effort to determine whether forced or indentured child labour was used to mine, produce or manufacture them and that, on the basis of those efforts, they are unaware of any such use.

Moreover, under the Trade and Development Act of 2000 one of the criteria for eligibility for trade benefits under the Generalised System of Preferences, the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act and the African Growth and Opportunity Act is the beneficiary country’s implementation of its international commitments to eliminate the worst forms of child labour. The DOL evaluates this factor in an annual report.

ILAB is requesting comments and information relevant to updating the findings and suggested government actions for countries reviewed in the TDA report, assessing each country's advancement toward eliminating the worst forms of child labour, and maintaining and updating the TVPRA and EO lists. ILAB will generally consider sources with dates up to five years old (i.e., data not older than 1 January 2015).

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