A "force" to be reckoned with: 1307 practice and the US prohibition on goods made with forced labor

International Trade Alert


Since 1930, 19 U.S.C. 1307 has prohibited importation of goods made wholly or partly by convict, forced, or indentured labor under penal sanctions, and the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has enforced this law. 

Up until February 2016, when the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA) was enacted, there was a major limitation on CBP's enforcement due section 1307's exception of goods not produced in the US sufficiently to meet US consumptive demand. TFTEA, notably, eliminated the "consumptive demand exception." 

In this article – from which her recent short International Trade Alert was excerpted – DLA Piper Senior Counsel Sandra Bell explores the history of section 1307 and examines the impact on 1307 practice after TFTEA. 

Read the full article here.

This article originally appeared in Global Trade and Customs Law, Volume 11, Issue 11-12, December 2016, and is reprinted here with permission of Kluwer Law International.