On 17 February 2023, and pursuant to its obligations under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), Mexico’s Ministry of Economy published in the Federal Official Gazette the much-anticipated Administrative regulation that sets forth the goods which importation is subject to regulation by the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (Forced Labor Regulation), which prohibits the importation of goods produced with forced labor. Once Mexico’s Forced Labor Regulation becomes effective on 18 May 2023, all three members of the USMCA trade block, Mexico, Canada, and the United States, will have prohibitions and restrictions on the importation of goods made with forced labor. Companies are encouraged to anticipate most relevant issues and proactively address them as the management of forced labor risks across North American operations will continue to be critical for successful supply chain and customs compliance management.
In this webinar, we discussed:
- Mexico’s implementation of the new Forced Labor Regulation
- Canada’s implementation of supply chain transparency legislation
- US forced labor enforcement trends
- Customs forced labor best practices and supply chain due diligence recommendations