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Congressional Commission on China Asks for Full Support to Enforce the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA)


The Congressional-Executive Commission on China is asking appropriators to fully fund CBP’s budget to implement the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), which includes $70,309,000 to add enforcement personnel, technological capability, training, and other activities necessary to implement the law. This request would support hiring 300 additional positions as well as increasing capacity for technology, training, strategy, and outreach. 

For the current fiscal year, Congress only gave CBP $27.5 million to implement the law, which goes into effect on June 21, 2022. This will be a real challenge for importers sourcing from the Uyghur region as their goods will be “presumed” to be made with forced labor and may be detained until proven otherwise.

The CBP posted a UFLPA-WRO table in May as a summary of the UFLPA and forced labor WRO enforcement mechanisms. While this is a helpful guide, there is no concrete direction for importers except to review their supply chain.

If you are importing goods from the Uyghur region, expect delays and additional expenses in order to release your goods. We will keep you updated as we receive more information and guidance on the UFLPA.

Helpful Links:

Public Law 117-78 (UFLPA)
UFLPA Funding for CBP to Enforce Congressional Letter