BREAKING NEWS: Congress Signs Bill Prohibiting The Import Of Raw Materials Originating From Africa

On the 26th of February, the US Federal Reserve signed a bill prohibiting the import of key raw materials from African and selected other countries. This bill comes at a time when the US is trying to force end-users such as OEMs, telecommunication manufacturers and technology firms to take responsibility for the entire supply chains, ensuring that at each stage, the product has been produced or mined with integrity and is conflict-free. Specifically, integrity points to the fact that no forced labour or child labour was used, the material was mined in an environmentally responsible way and the materials were exported, devoid of any bribery or corruption.

The bill is an amendment to legislation that has been in force for years which prohibits US companies from importing goods that utilise child labour. This particular piece of legislation had a provision that as long as the produce did not land up on US shores, then US companies could in fact benefit from these practices. The amendment that was signed not only removed this provision, but forbids the imports of selected commodities from specific jurisdictions.

The list of goods per country that are forbidden to be imported in the US include:

Commodity Country
Cobalt ore (Heterogenite) Democratic Republic of Congo
Copper Democratic Republic of Congo
Gold Bolivia
Burkina Faso
Colombia
Democratic Republic of Congo
Ecuador
Ethiopia
Ghana
Guinea
Indonesia
Mali
Mongolia
Nicaragua
Niger
North Korea
Peru
Philippines
Senegal
Suriname
Tanzania
Tantalum ore Democratic Republic of Congo
Wolframite (Tungsten ore) Democratic Republic of Congo
Zinc Bolivia

Core Consultants has recognised the importance of a conflict-free supply chain as well as the responsibility placed on end-users. As such we have been assisting key end users in understanding their supply chains, identifying potential risk areas and working towards a common solution so as to ensure that end users do not get caught without material.

 

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  • […] Although cobalt is mined in the Katanga province in the DRC and is quite distinct from the war-torn provinces of Eastern Congo and South Kivu regions which by and large are responsible for conflict mineral supply, as the bulk of cobalt originates from the DRC, the metal has been associated with these conflict minerals and this has created some supply uncertainty. This uncertainty in the United States in particular was further exacerbated when in March, Obama amended a bill that prohibited the import of key raw materials from African and selected countries as part of an effort to stamp out child labour. Cobalt (heterogenite) ore was on that list (click for more information). […]

  • […] Although cobalt is mined in the Katanga province in the DRC and is quite distinct from the war-torn provinces of Eastern Congo and South Kivu regions which by and large are responsible for conflict mineral supply, as the bulk of cobalt originates from the DRC, the metal has been associated with these conflict minerals and this has created some supply uncertainty. This uncertainty in the United States in particular was further exacerbated when in March, Obama amended a bill that prohibited the import of key raw materials from African and selected countries as part of an effort to stamp out child labour. Cobalt (heterogenite) ore was on that list (click for more information). […]

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