US department of homeland security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that the action marks the first time that CBP has banned imports from an entire fishing fleet.
CBP said it will immediately detain tuna, swordfish and other products from the Dalian Ocean Fishing Co Ltd at U.S. ports of entry. The “withhold release order” banning the imports also applies to other end use products containing seafood from the company, such as canned tuna and pet food, a CBP official said.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that the action marks the first time that CBP has banned imports from an entire fishing fleet, as opposed to individual vessels targeted in the past.
“DHS will continue to aggressively investigate the use of force labor by distant water fishing vessels, and by a wide range of other industries,” Mayorkas told a news briefing. “Producers and U.S. importers alike should understand that there will be consequences for entities that attempt to exploit workers to sell goods in the United States.”
News Source : Hindustan Times