Top Glove faces forced labor charges as shipments surge in response to COVID-19

Coronavirus 507 ESG 59 Health Care 344 Malaysia 125 Sanctions 134 Thailand 123 U.S. 5209

U.S. Customs & Border Protection has issued withhold release orders (WRO) against medical glove imports by Top Glove, citing accusations of forced labor practices. The firm has indicated half its U.S. bound shipments may be affected. Panjiva’s data shows that U.S. seaborne imports linked to the Top Glove have surged inline with COVID-19 related demand with a 54.0% year over year surge in June, led by a 59.2% jump in imports from Malaysia. U.S. based recipients of shipments linked to Top Glove, but not necessarily of the impounded products, include subsidiaries of Genuine Parts, Volk Ente...

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