U.S. CBP modifies “withhold release order” to allow certain disposable glove imports from Malaysia

The company’s shipments will now be allowed to enter U.S. commerce.

The company’s shipments will now be allowed to enter U.S. commerce.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has modified import restrictions issued in a withhold release order (WRO) against a group of companies in Malaysia that produced disposable gloves, in response to one company’s successful demonstration that their products are no longer produced in whole or in part with forced labor. 

According to the CBP release (April 26, 2023), the company’s shipments will now be allowed to enter U.S. commerce, provided the imports are otherwise in compliance with U.S. laws.


  • CBP in November 2021 issued a WRO against disposable gloves produced in Malaysia by a group of companies, based on information that reasonably indicated their production facilities utilized forced labor.  Read TradeNewsFlash
  • In response to the implementation of that WRO, one company has taken various measures to address the indicators of forced labor that prompted the WRO, to ensure that it is not utilizing forced labor throughout its supply chain. Remediation efforts included repayment of recruitment fees, improvements to living conditions, and implementation of new worker-centered policies and procedures.  
  • CBP has determined the conditions of forced labor identified in the WRO have been remediated. Accordingly, the WRO has been modified and shipments of the company’s synthetic gloves received on or after April 26, 2023, will no longer be detained at U.S. ports of entry. 

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