US to restrict shipments on palm oil vessels due to forced labor in Malaysia.
The US has said it will restrict shipments to oil vessels with Malaysia, one of the largest producers of palm oil in the world. The US has taken this decision after indications of forced labor in plantations connected to the supply chain in Malaysia. Explain that earlier India had also stopped importing palm oil from Malaysia due to misrepresentation on Kashmir issue.
Order issued after investigation of Malaysian owned enterprises
Ana Hinojosa, one of the Executive Directors of the US Trade-Related Customs and Border Protection Office, said the order was issued after an investigation by Malaysian-owned SIME Darby Plantation Berhad and its local subsidiary joint venture.
Hinojosa said that during the investigation there were indications of physical and sexual violence against the workers who work here. These include stopping the movement by companies, threatening workers, trapping them in debt and preventing their wages. He points out that this forced labor system is spread over wide areas of Malaysia. Importers should be aware that goods made by forced labor are not used in the US, Hinojosa said.