U.S. CBP modifies forced labor finding, allowing imports of palm oil from Malaysia

Evidence that the Malaysian company no longer produces palm oil using forced labor

Allowing imports of palm oil from Malaysia

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today issued a release announcing that, with forced labor concerns addressed, certain palm oil and derivative products made wholly or in part by a Malaysian company will now be allowed into the United States.


CBP in December 2022 issued a withhold release order (WRO) based on reasonable information that forced labor was being used in the Malaysian company’s production process and that such products were being, or likely to be, imported into the United States.

CBP in January 2022 published a finding against palm oil and its derivative products produced by a Malaysian company, its subsidiaries, and joint ventures. CBP began seizing shipments of palm oil and its derivative products due to information indicating that the company used forced labor to produce them. Read TradeNewsFlash

Modified finding

According to today’s release, CBP modified its formal finding based on evidence that the Malaysian company, its subsidiaries, and joint ventures no longer produce palm oil and its derivative products using forced labor. 

The United States will allow shipments of palm oil and derivatives produced by the Malaysian company to enter the U.S. commerce, provided the imports are otherwise in compliance with U.S. law.

For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs services:

Doug Zuvich
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Partner and National Practice Leader
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Principal and Global Export and Sanctions Leader
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Principal, Washington National Tax
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