U.S. Enacts Law Prohibiting Goods from Xinjiang Uyghur Region in China
The United States will enact a law prohibiting goods from the Xinjiang Uyghur Region in China later this year. Goods originating from this region will be considered to be made with forced labor unless the importer is able to prove that they are not (rebuttable presumption). It will be on the importer to prove the absence of forced labor in their supply chain. We recommend that importers start working on this
immediately as the law will be implemented on June 21st. ST&R points out some important dates for importers to watch:
- Signed into Law 12/23/2021
- Interagency Task Force required to request public comments January 24, 2022. Comment period to be open for 45 days (this will be announced in a Federal Register notice)
- Public Hearing within 45 days of comment period closing
- State Department provide strategy to Congress by March 23, 2022 with final strategy in place by June 21st.
- CBP to provide guidance to importers for sufficient evidence to prove the absence of forced labor.
- The effective date of the Law is June 21, 2022
Bill Signed: H.R. 6256 Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, banning the import of goods from the Xinjian Uyghur Autonomous Regina in China
Text of the Act: H.R.6256 – To ensure that goods made with forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China do not enter the United States market, and for other purposes.