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CBP Adds New Forced Labor Benefits to CTPAT Trade Compliance Program

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced the addition of new forced labor benefits to its Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) Trade Compliance Program. The program is designed to enhance the security of the global supply chain, and the addition of these benefits will increase the protection of workers in the supply chain.

The new benefits are designed to strengthen CTPAT’s existing protections for workers in the supply chain. The benefits include increased visibility into the conditions in which workers are employed, increased training for supply chain personnel on labor and human rights, and increased collaboration with government and non-governmental organizations to ensure compliance with labor and human rights standards.

In a statement, CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske said, “The addition of these forced labor benefits to the CTPAT Trade Compliance Program is an important step in the United States’ efforts to address labor and human rights issues in global supply chains. We are committed to protecting the rights of workers and ensuring that the products entering the United States are produced under safe, fair and ethical conditions.”

The new benefits will also require companies in the CTPAT program to implement a system for tracking and reporting on labor and human rights conditions in their supply chains. This system will include the identification of any potential human rights violations, measures to address any identified violations, and a process for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the measures taken.

The addition of the new forced labor benefits to the CTPAT Trade Compliance Program is an important step forward in the U.S. government’s efforts to ensure that the global supply chain is secure and that workers are treated fairly. The new benefits will provide companies in the program with the tools they need to ensure that their supply chains are free from forced labor and other human rights violations. This will in turn help to protect American workers and to create a level playing field for companies operating in the U.S. and around the world.

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