Spotlight News 8/11/2016

U.S. Exporters Express Concern About Threat of Increased Costs and Delays Posed by Chinese Zika Regulation

U.S. exporters expressed concern about a variety of issues posed by a new Chinese regulation aiming to protect imported containers from spreading the Zika virus. The exporters are concerned about added costs, shipping delays, and the lack of details about the requirements for obtaining a Mosquito Eradication Certificate under the new Chinese rule. Under the regulation, Chinese authorities could reportedly quarantine or force imported containers to undergo a costly fumigation process without the certificate.

Customs Officers in Rouen, France Seize 400 Counterfeit Apparel Items and 582 Kilograms of Cannabis From Sea Shipping Container

Customs officers in Rouen, France seized 400 counterfeit apparel and footwear items from a shipping container destined for Martinique. Upon further inspection of the container, officers located 582 kilograms of cannabis concealed in a false bottom. France suffers from a Low threat of counterfeit production and exportation, and a Guarded threat of illegal drug introduction.

Worker Safety Organization in Bangladesh Suspends Eight More Factories Over Non-Compliance Issues

One of two major worker safety organizations in Bangladesh suspended the operations of eight more factories. The organization cited the factories’ failure to provide evidence of any remediation following safety inspections, and their overall non-compliance with the group’s corrective action plans. However, organization representatives noted that in the last month, four other companies met the requirements to become members, and that the organization remains firm in its demand for the fulfillment of critical safety criteria in its partners’ supply chains.

Bangladesh suffers from a Severe BSI threat rating for working conditions, and the infringement of safety regulations are especially common within the country’s garment sector. The organization performs independent safety inspections of all the factories that are part of its members’ supply chains, and offers guidance and technical assistance in bridging any gaps it finds. Reports indicate that this new development has brought the total number of factories suspended by the organization to 91.