WASHINGTON—The U.S. has placed a "withhold release order" on disposable gloves produced by Malaysian manufacturer Supermax Corp. and its subsidiaries for alleged forced labor.
Effective Oct. 21, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency issued the order based on "information that reasonably indicates their use of forced labor in manufacturing operations."
In an Oct. 20 statement, CBP said it identified 10 out of the 11 International Labour Organization's indicators of forced labor during its investigations.
CBP said officers at all U.S. ports of entry will detain disposable gloves produced by Supermax's wholly owned subsidiaries, Maxter Glove Manufacturing Sdn. Bhd., Maxwell Glove Manufacturing Bhd. and Supermax Glove Manufacturing.