A fleet of 32 fishing boats would have maintained practices such as violence and withholding wages against Indonesian workers
The U.S. Customs Service, CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection), on Friday (28) banned fish and seafood a Chinese fleet that is accused of forced labor into the country.
The workers, hired by the Dalian Ocean Fishing company, would have found conditions well below those promised before the start of the service. According to the investigation, there is evidence of mistreatment, withholding wages and poor housing and food conditions.
China's Foreign Minister Wang Wenbin has denied the allegations and promised to take "necessary steps" to protect the interests of Chinese companies.
Dalian Ocean Fishing has a small share of the North American market. Imports of the company's products totaled US$2.9 million between January 2019 and April 2021.
The episode is nothing new in the US-China trade relationship. Even at the end of the Trump administration, the Americans banned all cotton and tomatoes produced in the Xinjiang region, due to the ill-treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority. The region is responsible for the production of 20% of all cotton on the planet.