US lifts ban on Malaysian glove maker amid shortage

US lifts ban on Malaysian glove maker amid shortage

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Kuala Lumpur: The United States has lifted a ban on a Malaysian medical glove maker, said a government statement.

Earlier, the US banned the company from export after finding that it used forced labour. The ban placed on WRP in September "was revoked based on recent information obtained by CBP showing the company is no longer producing the rubber gloves under forced labour conditions," CBP said in the statement.

The lifting of the ban is in the view of a surge in demand for personal protective equipment to fight the coronavirus crisis, a Reuters report said.

The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Tuesday (March 24) said disposable rubber gloves made by WRP Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd after March 16,2020, will be admissible at all US ports of entry.

WRP, which has the capacity to produce more than 11 billion gloves a year, could not immediately be contacted for comment. Malaysia is the world's biggest producer of medical gloves.