The Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) says it has intercepted a shipment from China on the grounds that the products were made using forced labour.

The CBSA confirmed in an emailed statement to that it had intercepted a shipment of women’s and children’s clothing originating from China that was received in Quebec.

The agency declined to share any details about the importer, citing confidentiality rules in the Customs Act.

It’s the first acknowledgement of an interception of its kind since the federal government amended the Customs Tariff to officially ban the import of goods made wholly or in part by forced labour.

These new laws came into force in July 2020, as part of the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement, amid widespread reports from human rights advocates that China has subjected Uyghurs and other Turkic minority ethnic groups to forced labour in Xinjiang province.