US seizes Malaysia’s Top Glove shipment on forced labour concerns


Another shipment of latex gloves made by Malaysian firm Top Glove has been seized by the United States over concerns of forced labour in its factories, US Customs said on Wednesday.

Despite an import ban, US Customs and Border Protection said that its officials at the Port of Kansas City seized 4.68 million latex gloves produced by Top Glove with an estimated value of US$690,000.

The seizure shows that there is demand for Top Glove products despite the US ban first announced in July last year. Top Glove is the world’s biggest glove maker and has seen global demand soar due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Malaysian company did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the seizure of its products.

US Customs prohibited the import of Top Glove products last year, saying it had found reasonable evidence of forced labour.

In March, the US government said it had found evidence of multiple forced labour indicators in Top Glove’s production process, including debt bondage, excessive overtime, abusive working and living conditions, and retention of identity documents, and directed its officials to seize goods from the manufacturer.

Top Glove has since said it has resolved all indicators of forced labour in its operations and that this had been verified by London-based ethical trade consultant Impactt. (Source: CNA)