US urged to halt imports of cotton goods from Turkmenistan


A formal complaint has been filed under the US Tariff Act of 1930, calling for a halt on the import of cotton goods from Turkmenistan made using forced labour.

The complaint was filed by Alternative Turkmenistan News and the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF).

Under the recently amended Act, US Customs is required to deny entry to goods that arrive at US ports that contain materials made with forced labour.

According to ILRF, Turkmenistan is the world’s seventh largest cotton exporter and its government uses forced labour to produce it.

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