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U.S. DOL Proposes Revisions to List of Products Made from Forced or Indentured Child Labor

December 14, 2010

Initial Determination Proposing Revisions to the EO 13126 List

On December 15, 2010 the Department of Labor announced an initial determination proposing to update the EO 13126 list in accordance with the “Procedural Guidelines for the Maintenance of the List of Products Requiring Federal Contractor Certification as to Forced or Indentured Child Labor.” The initial determination proposes to add Hand-Woven Textiles from Ethiopia to the list. It also proposes to remove Charcoal from Brazil from the list where, preliminarily, the Department of Labor has reason to believe that the use of forced or indentured child labor has been significantly reduced if not eliminated. On December 16, 2010 DOL published a notice in the Federal Register officially requesting public comment on its initial determination for a period of 60 days. On December 23rd, 2010 DOL published a correction to the December 16th initial determination. DOL will consider all public comments prior to publishing a final determination updating the list of products, made in consultation and cooperation with the Departments of State and Homeland Security. Until publication of the final determination, the current July 20, 2010 list remains valid. [Continue to see the list].

Current List of Products and Countries on EO 13126 List

The current list of products was published in the July 20, 2010 Federal Register and includes the following:

Product Countries
Bamboo Burma
Beans (green, soy, yellow) Burma
Brazil Nuts/Chestnuts Bolivia
Bricks Burma, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan
Carpets Nepal, Pakistan
Charcoal Brazil
Coal Pakistan
Coca (stimulant plant) Colombia
Cocoa Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria
Coffee Cote d’Ivoire
Cotton Benin, Burkina Faso, China, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
Cottonseed (hybrid) India
Diamonds Sierra Leone
Electronics China
Embroidered Textiles (zari) India, Nepal
Garments Argentina, India, Thailand
Gold Burkina Faso
Granite Nigeria
Gravel (crushed stones) Nigeria
Pornography Russia
Rice Burma, India, Mali
Rubber Burma
Shrimp Thailand
Stones India, Nepal
Sugarcane Bolivia, Burma
Teak Burma
Tilapia (fish) Ghana
Tobacco Malawi
Toys China

Frequently Asked Questions

Public Submissions

On October 15, 2008, the Department of Labor released a notice in the Federal Register [Text] [PDF] requesting information from the public on the use of forced child labor in the production of bricks, coal, foundry products, chemicals, cotton, grape products, toys, and fireworks in China under Executive Order 13126. This request was made pursuant to a public submission accepted on October 1, 2007. The July 20, 2010 final determination [Text] [PDF] published in the Federal Register completes consideration of the submission.

On May 10, 2004, the Department of Labor released a Federal Register Notice [Text] [PDF] notifying the public of its intent to continue monitoring the production of cocoa in Cote d’Ivoire, as well as requesting information regarding forced child labor in the cocoa industry in Cote d’Ivoire under Executive Order 13126. This request was made pursuant to a public submission accepted on March 20, 2001. The July 20, 2010 final determination [Text] [PDF] published in the Federal Register completes consideration of the submission.

On May 12, 2003, USDOL published a Notice of Final Determination in the Federal Register [Text] [PDF] regarding forced child labor in the firecracker industry in China. The Department conducted a review pursuant to a public submission accepted on June 29, 2001.

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