Blumenauer Statement in Support of CBP’s Action Against Forced Labor Seafood Imports From China

May 28, 2021
Press Release

Today, House Trade Subcommittee Chairman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) released the following statement in support of Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) decision to block imports from more than 30 fishing vessels operated by Dalian Ocean Fishing Company Limited that operate using forced labor:

“I applaud CBP’s decision today to take strong action against an entire fleet of fishing vessels from China. The Biden administration’s action represents an important step forward on forced labor enforcement – the previous administration had only been willing to take action against individual vessels, even though it is widely recognized that when forced labor occurs it’s often pervasive throughout entire fishing fleets. In this case, CBP’s actions come after several reports indicated that crew members aboard the fishing company have died due to harsh working conditions. 

“This action is buttressed by USTR’s forced labor proposal in ongoing fisheries subsidies negotiations at the WTO. Both actions highlight the impact that forced labor has on a wide range of environmental issues. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in Congress and the administration towards stronger forced labor enforcement as well as addressing the interlinked issues of forced labor and environmental protection.”