US blocks sugar imports from top Dominican producer over forced labor concerns

A machine where the sugar cane is weighed is shown in La Romana, where Central Romana Corporation, Ltd. operates its sugar operations in Dominican Republic, November 17, 2021.

US authorities will block imports of sugar produced in the Dominican Republic by company Central Romana, on suspicion of forced labor at its facilities.

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will detain the company's raw sugar and sugar-based products at all US ports of entry effective Wednesday, the agency said in a statement published that day, citing "inhumane practices."

Reporting contributed by Stefano Pozzebon in Bogota.

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