CBP Enforces Countering America’s Adversaries Via Sanctions Act In opposition to Li-Ning Sporting Items

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WASHINGTON — Effective March 14, 2022, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detains goods produced or manufactured by Li-Ning Sporting Goods at all U.S. ports of entry. This enforcement action comes as a result of a CBP investigation suggesting that Li-Ning Sporting Goods uses North Korean labor in its supply chain.

The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) prohibits the importation of any goods, merchandise and articles mined, produced or manufactured, in whole or in part, by North Korean nationals or North Korean citizens from anywhere in the world unless clear and presented convincing evidence that such goods were not manufactured using forced labour.

Per CAATSA, CBP will detain Li-Ning merchandise at all US ports of entry. Such goods are not eligible for importation unless the importer provides clear and convincing evidence, within 30 days of notification of the detention, that his goods were not manufactured using convict labour, forced labour, or forced labor under criminal penalties. If the company does not provide clear and convincing evidence within this period, the goods can be confiscated and forfeited.

“CAATSA is another tool in the CBP trade enforcement arsenal that allows us to uphold the core value of human dignity and ensure that goods entering the United States are free of forced labor,” said AnnMarie Highsmith , Deputy Commissioner of the CBP Office of Trade .

Visit dhs.gov for more information on CAATSA. Questions regarding CBP’s CAATSA enforcement actions and authorities may be directed to CBP at [email protected]

Follow the CBP Office of Trade on Twitter @CBPTradeGov.