fair.png
Friday July 30th, 2021 7:15PM

US blocks seafood from Chinese fleet for mistreating crew

By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government blocked imports of seafood Friday from the fleet of a Chinese company that authorities say forced crew members to work in slave-like conditions that led to the deaths of at least three Indonesian fishermen last year.

Customs and Border Protection said it will place an immediate hold on any imports linked to the more than 30 vessels operated by Dalian Ocean Fishing, under a U.S. law that bars goods suspected to have been produced with forced labor.

Imports from Dalian, which primarily fishes for tuna, have exceeded $20 million as recently as 2018. Shipments linked to the company have dropped over the past year to about $200,000, officials said.

“We will not tolerate any amount derived from forced labor,” Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas told reporters as he announced the measure.

CBP issued what is known as a withhold release order that halts shipments that have suspected links to forced labor, under a law that has been on the books for decades, ostensibly to protect U.S. producers from unfair competition.

The law has been used with increased frequency in recent years, given the growing awareness of the prevalence of what is essentially modern-day slavery in a range of industries, with workers forced to work long hours for low pay, or none at all, and subjected to violence.

Both the State Department and Labor Department have also documented abusive conditions in the Chinese fishing industry, where mostly foreign crews often work 18 hours to 22 hours per day under abysmal conditions.

U.S. authorities have used the Tariff Act of 1930 to halt imports from specific companies, individual fishing vessels and all cotton and tomato products from the Xinjiang region of China, where the Chinese government is waging a brutal assimilation campaign against Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups.

The announcement Friday marks the first time that the U.S. has sought to block imports from an company's entire fishing fleet, a sign that the CBP's investigation found evidence of widespread abuse on Dalian vessels around the world.

Indonesia's government in May 2020 accused the company of “inhuman” treatment of fishermen from that country, with dozens of men forced to work 18 hours a day for no pay or less than agreed upon. It said the conditions led to illnesses that killed at least three fishermen, whose bodies were cast overboard into the Pacific Ocean.

Dalian did not immediately respond to a request for comment made through its website.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Business, AP Business - Economy, AP Business - Industries, AP Business - Agriculture
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Biden's $6T budget: Social spending, taxes on business
President Joe Biden is proposing a $6 trillion budget for next year that’s piled high with new safety net programs for the poor and middle class
1:45PM ( 3 minutes ago )
GOP blocks bipartisan probe of deadly Jan. 6 riot at Capitol
Senate Republicans have blocked the creation of a bipartisan panel to study the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol
1:40PM ( 8 minutes ago )
The Latest: Pakistan reports 1st case of India variant
Pakistan’s health ministry reported the detection of the first case of an Indian variant of coronavirus
1:29PM ( 19 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Biden starts holiday weekend by marking progress on virus
President Joe Biden started the Memorial Day weekend by visiting a rock climbing gym in northern Virginia as the state lifted all COVID-19 distancing and capacity restrictions at private businesses and much of the nation pushes toward a greater sense of normalcy
1:00PM ( 48 minutes ago )
EXPLAINER: What's the Senate filibuster and why change it?
Senate Republicans have used a filibuster to derail Democrats’ effort to launch a bipartisan probe of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol
12:41PM ( 1 hour ago )
Senate R&D bill to counter China shelved by GOP opposition
The Senate shelved a big innovation bill aimed at making the U.S. more competitive with China and other countries
11:52AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
The Latest: DHS says no passport plans, clarifying Mayorkas
The Department of Homeland Security says there won’t be any federal vaccination database nor any mandate that requires people to get a single vaccination credential
12:40PM ( 1 hour ago )
Nike says it ended deal with Neymar amid assault allegations
Nike has confirmed it ended its sponsorship agreement with Neymar last year after the Brazilian soccer player refused to collaborate in an investigation into an accusation that he sexually assaulted a female employee from the company
12:40PM ( 1 hour ago )
US consumers boosted spending in April as inflation surged
Americans increased their spending by 0.5% in April, a slowdown after a massive gain in March which had been powered by distribution of billions of dollars in individual stimulus checks
12:28PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Business
US stocks open higher, on track for solid gains for the week
Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street, keeping major indexes on track to post their first weekly gain in three weeks
9:47AM ( 4 hours ago )
Malaysia imposes total lockdown after cases soar above 8,000
Malaysia’s prime minister says a total coronavirus lockdown will be imposed in the country, with all business and economic activities to be halted for two weeks to contain a worsening outbreak
9:27AM ( 4 hours ago )
US consumers boosted their spending by 0.5% in April
Americans increased their spending by 0.5% in April, a slowdown after a massive gain in March which had been powered by distribution of billions of dollars in individual stimulus checks
9:02AM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Business - Economy
Enbridge's Line 3 oil pipeline enters critical month in June
June will be a critical month for Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 crude oil pipeline as the company resumes construction and opponents mobilize for large-scale protests and civil disobedience
10:04AM ( 3 hours ago )
Plague of ravenous, destructive mice tormenting Australians
At night, the floors of sheds vanish beneath carpets of scampering mice
7:10AM ( 6 hours ago )
EPA restoring state and tribal power to protect waterways
The Environmental Protection Agency is restoring a rule that grants states and Native American tribes authority to block pipelines and other energy projects that can pollute rivers, streams and other waterways
8:45PM ( 17 hours ago )
AP Business - Industries
Iowa murder suspect blames mystery men for runner's slaying
The man on trial for the 2018 abduction and stabbing death of a University of Iowa student has claimed for the first time that two masked men were responsible for the crime but forced him to take part at gunpoint
3:55PM ( 1 day ago )
Roadblocks and protests disrupt Colombian city of Cali
The sugar mills that employ tens of thousands of people have ground to a halt around Cali, Colombia
5:55PM ( 2 days ago )
Democratic Iowa farmer running for GOP Sen. Grassley's seat
An Iowa farmer and farmer county supervisor has become the first Democrat to announce he is running for Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley's seat
8:01PM ( 3 days ago )
AP Business - Agriculture
Biden's $6T budget: Social spending, taxes on business
President Joe Biden is proposing a $6 trillion budget for next year that’s piled high with new safety net programs for the poor and middle class
1:45PM ( 3 minutes ago )
GOP blocks bipartisan probe of deadly Jan. 6 riot at Capitol
Senate Republicans have blocked the creation of a bipartisan panel to study the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol
1:40PM ( 8 minutes ago )
The Latest: Pakistan reports 1st case of India variant
Pakistan’s health ministry reported the detection of the first case of an Indian variant of coronavirus
1:29PM ( 19 minutes ago )
Tanker’s impossible voyage signals new sanction evasion ploy
The Cyprus-flagged oil tanker Berlina was drifting near the Caribbean island of Dominica when the safety signals it's required to transmit showed it stopping in its tracks and turning 180 degrees in just two minutes
1:25PM ( 22 minutes ago )
Belarus leader seeks Russian support amid showdown with EU
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has met in Sochi with his Belarusian counterpart for talks on forging closer ties amid Minsk's bruising showdown with the European Union over the forced diversion of a passenger jet to arrest a dissident journalist
1:25PM ( 23 minutes ago )