Implementation of UFLPA Fast Approaching
International Trade and Investment Alert™ | June 17, 2022
On June 21, 2022, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) will begin implementing the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (“UFLPA” or “Act”), a piece of legislation that strengthens the prohibition against the importation of goods made with forced labor. The UFLPA applies a rebuttable presumption that any items that are mined, manufactured, or produced, wholly or in part, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), or by entities on a yet to be created UFLPA-related entities list, are prohibited from importation into the United States. In addition, the Act requires the Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force (“FLETF”) to publish a report outlining a strategy for enforcing the prohibition on the importation of goods made with forced labor in the XUAR, and requires FLETF to publish various entity lists related to the UFLPA. The FLETF is expected to publish its strategy report on the June 21 implementation date.
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