On August 8th of this year, the preliminary draft of the Decree prepared by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was published on the website of the National Commission for Regulatory Improvement (CONAMER), establishing the creation of the Intersecretarial Commission on to Forced or Compulsory Labor, in compliance with the provisions of article 23.6 of the Treaty between the United Mexican States, the United States of America and Canada (“T-MEC”)
Said regulatory instrument disposes that the Parties to the Treaty undertake to prohibit the importation of goods into their territories that come from partial or total sources of forced or compulsory labor, including forced or compulsory child labor. In addition, the objective of the Commission will be to determine the merchandise derived from the use of the labor of workers who are in the situation of forced or compulsory child labor, by companies that are located outside the national territory and whose articles intend to be imported. to the country.
Among the functions that the Intersecretarial Commission on Forced or Compulsory Labor will have, are the following:
- Analyze the evidence to determine the existence of forced or compulsory labor;
- Process applications derived from the Ministry of Economy;
- Request the necessary assistance and information;
- Elaborate opinions regarding the applications presented;
- Propose the total or definitive ban on the importation of goods derived from forced or compulsory labor;
- Submit their determinations for consideration by the Foreign Trade Commission (COCEX), through the Ministry of Economy; Y
- Others related to the fulfillment of its object.
The Decree will enter into force the day after its publication in the Official Gazette of the Federation and the Commission must be installed within 30 business days after its publication.
The Labor Law and Social Security area of Vega, Guerrero & Asociados remains at your service to provide you with the corresponding support and advice in Labor matters.