Forced Labor/U.K. Modern Slavery Act

On March 5, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) denied Dandong Huayang’s protest, which asserted that North Korean nationals did not produce  garments that were imported under two separate entries. CBP determined that the materials submitted by the protestant did not establish clear and convincing evidence that Dandong Huayang did not use North Korean

On March 29, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is scheduled to publish a Notice of Finding that certain disposable gloves produced by Top Glove Corporation Bhd (Top Glove) in Malaysia are made with forced labor. Section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930 prohibits the importation of goods “mined, produced, or manufactured wholly

On February 25, the Senate Finance Committee held a confirmation hearing for the nominee for the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), Katherine Tai. Tai’s strong performance in the hearing demonstrated her poise and a depth of knowledge on the issues. She was well-prepared for Senators’ questions and is likely to receive a swift confirmation in the

On February 18, 2021, the House reintroduced the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (see press and bill) in the 117th Congress. Sponsored by Representatives James McGovern (D-MA), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Thomas R. Suozzi (D-NY), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), Mike Gallagher (R-WI), and Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), the legislation updates H.R. 6210 from

In light of increased U.S. actions and rising global concerns over reports of forced labor in Xinjiang, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued the following Q&A responses:

General

On January 28 , 2021, Senators Rubio and Merkley re-introduced the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (see press and bill) with 27 additional co-sponsors. The bill includes important changes from the last Congress that addresses some of the concerns from the business community, including:

  • The effective import ban on goods originating from Xinjiang goes

On January 13, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a Withhold Release Order (WRO) for cotton and tomato products from Xinjiang, an autonomous territory in northwest China. This is the fourth WRO that CBP has issued since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2021, and the second on products originating in Xinjiang. Eight of

On January 12, 2021, the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary, as well as Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion, and International Trade, made parallel announcements outlining new measures to combat forced labor and human rights violations. The announcements come in the context of rising global concerns over reports of forced

On December 31, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a Withhold Release Order (WRO) for seafood harvested on a Taiwanese fishing vessel named the Lien Yi Hsing No. 12. The order follows a separate decision in August of last year against the Da Wang, another Taiwanese fishing vessel suspected of similar violations. The

On November 30, 2020, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) placed all cotton and cotton products from Xinjiang Production and Construction Corporation (“XPCC”) and its subordinate and affiliated entities on the Withhold Release Orders (“WRO”) list. XPCC is a Chinese state-owned enterprise (“SOE”) which produces around 17 percent of the Xinjiang’s cotton and