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CBP Revokes Withhold Release Order on Imports of Tuna Harvested by the Tunago No. 61 Vessel

Release Date: 
April 1, 2020

WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that tuna and tuna products harvested from the Tunago No.61 vessel will be admissible at all U.S. ports of entry beginning today. 

The agency’s Executive Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Trade, Brenda Smith, directed the revocation of a withhold release order (WRO) on tuna and tuna products harvested from the Tunago No. 61 vessel.  This decision was based on information obtained by CBP that tuna and tuna products from this vessel are no longer produced under forced labor conditions.

Under U.S. law, goods made wholly or in part by forced labor, including convict labor, forced child labor, and indentured labor, may not be imported into the country. CBP issues withhold release orders when information available reasonably indicates that merchandise that is imported, or is likely to be imported, is in violation of this statute. 

Additional information, including how to submit information to CBP, may be found at /trade/trade-community/programs-outreach/convict-importations.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021