On December 27, 2022, CBP advised that it began detaining merchandise produced by Jingde Trading Ltd., Rixin Foods, Ltd., and Xhejiang Sunrise Garment Group Co. Ltd. on December 5th.  The detentions are a result of its investigation indicating that the companies’ products were made in part by North Korean labor. The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, or CAATSA, prohibits the entry of goods mined, produced or manufactured wholly or in part by North Korean citizens anywhere in the world, unless there is clear and convincing evidence the goods were not made with forced, indentured or convict labor.

Importers should review their supply chains to ensure that these manufacturers are not utilized.