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FORCED LABOR REBUTTABLE PRESUMPTION TAKES EFFECT ON JUNE 21, 2022 – ARE YOU READY?

Under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (“UFLPA”), effective June 21, 2022, a rebuttable presumption of “forced labor” will apply to goods that are produced, wholly or in part in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (“XUAR”) of China or by an entity identified as being associated with XUAR labor. GDLSK’s summary of the UFLPA can […]

GDLSK TO SPEAK ON PANEL WITH CBP CONCERNING THE AGENCY’S ENFORCEMENT OF THE UYGHUR FORCED LABOR PREVENTION ACT (UFLPA)

On June 2, 2022, GDLSK’s Heather Litman will join Elva Muñeton, Acting Executive Director Office of Trade, UFLPA Implementation Task Force, and Daniel Meylor of Carmichael International Service on a webinar concerning U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (“CBP”) enforcement of the UFLPA. June 21, 2022 is the effective date of the rebuttable presumption under the UFLPA. Thereunder, […]

CBP ANNOUNCES ISSUANCE OF “KNOWN IMPORTER LETTERS” UNDER UFLPA

On April 12, 2022, CBP posted an announcement of its intention to issue “Known Importer Letters” in advance of the June 21st effective date of the rebuttable presumption under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA). Under the UFLPA, CBP will presume that goods were imported in violation of the forced labor statute if they […]

BIS SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENTS ON THE SECTION 232 EXCLUSIONS PROCESS

In a February 10, 2022 Federal Register notice, the Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) announced that it is seeking public comments regarding the Section 232 exclusion process currently in place with respect to the additional duties assessed on certain steel and aluminum products. In particular, BIS is seeking public comment on the responsiveness of […]

TASK FORCE SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENTS ON METHODS TO PREVENT THE IMPORTATION OF CHINA FORCED LABOR GOODS

On December 23, 2021, the President signed into law the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (“the Act”). GDLSK’s summary can be accessed here. One provision requires that the Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force (“Task Force”) (a multi-agency body created to enforce the forced labor import prohibition) solicit public comments “on how best to ensure that goods […]

UYGHUR FORCED LABOR PREVENTION ACT SIGNED INTO LAW

On December 23, 2021, the President signed into law the compromise version of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, passed by the House of Representatives on December 14th and by the Senate on December 16, 2021. The text of the legislation can be accessed here. GDLSK’s summary of the provisions of the legislation can be […]

COMPROMISE UYGHUR FORCED LABOR PREVENTION ACT PASSED BY HOUSE, TO BE TAKEN UP BY THE SENATE

On December 14, 2021, Representative Jim McGovern and Senator Marco Rubio announced agreement on a compromise version of the proposed Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.  The bill was promptly passed unanimously by the House of Representatives and is expected to be taken up by the Senate very shortly with an eye towards forwarding it to […]

GDLSK TO SPEAK ON HOT BUTTON ISSUES IN TRADE WITH CHINA, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON CHINA 301 AND FORCED LABOR ISSUES

On October 20, 2021, GDLSK’s Arthur Bodek and Kristina Barry will be speaking on hot button issues in trade with China, with an emphasis on China 301 and forced labor issues. Trade with China continues to involve a fast-evolving landscape, with the USTR recently laying out the Biden-Harris Administration’s New Approach to the U.S. – […]

CBP ISSUES DETENTION ORDER ON COTTON PRODUCTS MADE BY XINJIANG PRODUCTION AND CONSTRUCTION CORPS USING PRISON LABOR

In a December 2, 2020 statement, CBP’s Office of Trade directed the issuance of a Withhold Release Order (“WRO”) against cotton and cotton products made by Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (“XPCC”) based on information that reasonably indicates its use of forced labor.  As a result, CBP will detain shipments containing cotton and cotton products […]

CBP ANNOUNCES THE ISSUANCE OF FIVE ADDITIONAL WITHHOLD RELEASE ORDERS (WRO) ON CERTAIN PRODUCTS FROM CHINA

In a sign of the Administration’s ongoing crackdown on imports allegedly the product of forced labor, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a September 14, 2020 press release announcing the issuance of five Withhold Release Orders (WRO) on certain products from China. The products as identified by CBP (along with the associated rationale) are […]