Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act
New Operational Guidance Issued by CBP for Trade and Importers
We have received numerous requests for information regarding the Forced Labor conditions in Uyghur.
How do I make sure my freight doesn't contain cotton from this region?
How do I know if goods are sourced from Uyghur?
How is CBP regulating this freight?
While CBP had previously issued restrictions for cotton sourced in this region, The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, on behalf of the Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force (FLETF) has expanded limitations based on extensive research and evidence revealing the forced labor conditions in this region.
The technical text available from Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act:
"The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) was signed into law by President Biden on December 23, 2021.
It establishes a rebuttable presumption that the importation of any goods, wares, articles, and merchandise mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China, or produced by certain entities, is prohibited by Section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930 and that such goods, wares, articles, and merchandise are not entitled to entry to the United States. The presumption applies unless the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) determines that the importer of record has complied with specified conditions and, by clear and convincing evidence, that the goods, wares, articles, or merchandise were not produced using forced labor.
The UFLPA also requires the interagency Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force, chaired by the Secretary of Homeland Security, and in consultation with the Secretary of Commerce and Director of National Intelligence, to develop and submit to Congress a strategy for supporting CBP’s enforcement of Section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930 with respect to goods, wares, articles, and merchandise produced with forced labor in the People’s Republic of China. "
Now CBP has finally issued guidance addressing these concerns and providing a roadmap for the trade. RGF has well trained entry writers and numerous Licensed Customs Brokers available upon request to ensure proper documentation rebutting presumed forced labor is included with your entry, or to provide guidance in proving your freight does not originate in stated origin.
Link to Online PDF,
Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act; U.S. Customs and Border Protection Operational Guidance for Importers_June 13, 2022
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