Customs and Excise (Prohibition of Imports Made by Slave Labour) Amendment Bill

Project discussion: Ban the import of goods produced with slave labour


Customs and Excise (Prohibition of Imports Made by Slave Labour) Amendment Bill

Member's Bill

Explanatory Note

Slavery was abolished by Britain in the 18th century, but in some parts of the world slavery or coerced labour still exists. In order to prevent slave-owners from profiting from their crime, both the United States and Belgium have passed legislation to prohibit the importation of goods produced by slavery into those countries.

In 2005 Trade Aid presented a petition signed by 17,000 people requesting that New Zealand follow suit by legislating to ban the import of products made by slave labour. This bill fulfils that request by amending the Customs and Excise Act 1996 to make goods produced in whole or in part by slave labour a prohibited import.

Customs and Excise (Prohibition of Imports Made by Slave Labour) Amendment Bill

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1. Title
This Act is the Customs and Excise (Prohibition of Imports Made by Slave Labour) Amendment Act 2009.

2. Commencement
This Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it received the Royal Assent.

3. Purpose
The purpose of this Act is to prohibit the importation of goods made in whole or in part by slave labour.

4. Principal Act Amended
This Act amends the Customs And Excise Act 1996.

5. Schedule 1 Amended
Schedule 1 of the Principal Act is amended by appending the following:

Goods manufactured or produced wholly or in part by slave labour

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