US CBP seizes 4m nitrile gloves worth RM2.1m made by Top Glove

by RAHIMI YUNUS / pic by ARIF KARTONO

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has seized a shipment of 3.97 million nitrile disposable gloves produced by Top Glove Corp Bhd’s unit due to information indicating they were made by forced labour .

In a statement, the law enforcement organisation said the shipment in Cleveland was seized after an inspection by CBP officers revealed that the gloves were produced in Malaysia by a Top Glove’s subsidiary.

The estimated value of the shipment was $518,000 (RM2.1 million).

“This seizure sends a strong message that CBP will not tolerate imports made by forced labour, which is a form of modern slavery that hurts vulnerable workers and threatens our economy.

“CBP continues to facilitate the importation of legitimate PPE needed for the Covid-19 pandemic while ensuring that the PPE is authorised and safe for use,” Area Port Director-Cleveland Diann Rodriguez said in the statement dated May 4.

On March 29, CBP directed personnel at all US ports of entry to begin seizing disposable gloves made in Malaysia by Top Glove.

The border agency issued a forced labour finding on March 29 based on evidence of multiple forced labour indicators in Top Glove’s production process, including debt bondage, excessive overtime, abusive working and living conditions, and retention of identity documents.