Canadian Imports from PRC: Uyghurs’ Forced Labour? What Forced Labour? Or, See No Evil (note UPDATE)

PM Trudeau’s government is basically saying “who really cares?” as it takes an essentially hands-off approach.

Further to this November 2022 post,

PM Trudeau’s Government takes Baby Step to deal with Products of Uyghurs’ Forced Labour (note UPDATE)

extracts from a story at the Globe and Mail:

Canada lags U.S. in intercepting imports made with forced labour

Steven Chase Senior parliamentary reporter

Canada is lagging the United States in intercepting imports made with forced labour, as Ottawa struggles to implement a commitment to do so in the renegotiated NAFTA deal.

In the last 21 months, Canada’s border guards have only seized one shipment suspected of being manufactured under coercive conditions [emphasis added]. Intercepted in Quebec, the October shipment was of women’s and children’s clothing from China. Trade experts say Canada does not appear to be prioritizing its agreement to bar such shipments.

Ottawa amended the Customs Tariff Act on July 1, 2020, to prohibit forced-labour imports in keeping with a pledge made under the United States Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the trade deal that replaced the North American free-trade agreement.

In comparison to Canada’s single seizure, U.S. border guards have intercepted more than 1,300 shipments from China that are believed to have been made with coerced labour over the same period [emphasis added, just as we have–most unlike the US–for years charged no-one with actual espionage on behalf of the PRC], according to data provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The seizure is estimated to amount to a combined value of US$209-million.

*Canadian watchdog asked to probe allegations that imports made with forced labour in China [April 2022]

Trade experts say stark difference in interceptions between Canada and the U.S. cannot be accounted for merely by the far larger volume of trade between the United States and other countries such as China. They say Canada’s slim record is an indication that Ottawa is not doing as much as it could to crack down on forced labour imports because of a lack of investment in enforcement and intelligence-gathering [emphasis added]– despite a commitment from the federal government as recently as January, 2021, to get serious on the matter.

The CBP’s seizure of forced-labour goods since USMCA took effect includes 811 shipments of cotton and tomato products from China’s troubled Xinjiang region as well as 511 shipments of products made by Hoshine Silicon Industry Co. Ltd., a company located in Xinjiang that produces a key material for solar panels…

Michael Nesbitt, a University of Calgary law professor who previously worked in the federal government’s sanctions division, said Canada does not appear to be making the effort needed to identify and detain imports of goods made with forced labour.

…he said Canada puts a heavy burden on the private sector to determine for themselves if their shipments are made with forced labour “while seemingly doing little to undermine or prosecute the bad actors that take active steps to avoid detection.”

Canada Border Services Agency spokesperson Rebecca Purdy said “Canada is still in the early stages of implementing the forced-labour prohibition,”..

Plus, Ms. Purdy said, last year Americans enshrined in law a reverse-onus rule that puts the responsibility on those shipping goods from Xinjiang to prove these items are free of coerced labour. That means the U.S. government officially regards all goods “produced in whole or in part” in Xinjiang as produced with forced labour and “therefore prohibited from importation.”

Meanwhile, in Canada, CBSA officers require evidence that imports are tainted by slave or prison labour and do not have the authority to deem goods as prohibited. That means they are required to treat shipments “on a case-by-case basis, based on the available information at the time of entry.”..

Excuses. Excuses. Excuses.

UPDATE: One gives up. Even that one seized shipment let into Canada. This government is totally unserious:

Posts for further background:

The PRC’s Vanishing Uyghurs

PRC’s Push for Han Baby-Making in Xinjiang, whilst Suppressing Uyghur Births

Mark Collins

Twitter: @Mark3ds

3 thoughts on “Canadian Imports from PRC: Uyghurs’ Forced Labour? What Forced Labour? Or, See No Evil (note UPDATE)”

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