Nike’s former supplier Esquel Group scores a rare win in a bid to remove Xinjiang unit from US forced-labour sanctions list
- US inter-agency body voted to remove Changji Esquel unit from the so-called entity list under certain conditions
- The shirtmaker and the US government are in discussions over the conditions
Esquel Group, one of the world’s biggest shirtmakers, won a rare victory in its effort to get one of its subsidiaries removed from a United States government blacklist over allegations of ties to forced labour in western China.
The End-User Review Committee, a US inter-agency body, voted to remove its Changji Esquel unit under certain conditions from the so-called entity list, which prohibits it from buying from American suppliers, according to a joint motion filed on Tuesday in US District Court for the District of Columbia.
“The parties are currently engaging in further discussions regarding those conditions,” the motion said.
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In the motion, the parties asked the court to delay the next hearing scheduled in the case until September while the discussions continue. The litigation is ongoing.
An Esquel representative declined to comment on Wednesday on the nature of the conditions set by the committee. The Bureau of Industry and Security, which oversees the entity list, did not respond to a request for comment.
The US Commerce Department has previously declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Additional reporting by Owen Churchill