CBP Hosts Webinar on Uyghur Compelled Labor Prevention Act Implementation

On June 1, 2022, US Customs and Border Security’s (CBP) Office of Commerce Relations hosted a webinar on forthcoming implementation of the Uyghur Compelled Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA). Half of the online centered on the historic previous, enactment, and textual content material of the UFLPA (talked about on this weblog’s earlier posts proper right here, proper right here, and proper right here), whereas the second half addressed questions from on-line.

Starting June 21st, imports into the USA subject to the UFLPA will in all probability be subject to the detention course of set out beneath 19 USC 1499. Consequently, any gadgets imported into the USA from the Xinjiang space will immediately be detained, excluded, or hidden. If an importer believes its gadgets are free of pressured labour, then the importer would possibly wish to current by clear and convincing proof that pressured labor was not used to make the merchandise, or any enter thereof, no matter how small.

During the webinar, quite a few people requested what proof could possibly be considered “clear and convincing” to beat the rebuttable presumption. Whereas CBP officers did not itemizing the exact proof needed to beat the presumption, they did level out that the bar to seize the rebuttable presumption will in all probability be very extreme and offered only a few gadgets of advice—akin to submitting any proof in English—to help in a quick analysis of the proof whereas gadgets are being held.

CBP officers moreover indicated that they might topic approach steering referring to the UFLPA all through the following week, whereas the Compelled Labor Enforcement Exercise Drive will topic its required steering on June 21st—the date UFLPA goes into affect.

The launch of UFLPA implementation later this month is predicted to end in important delays, as CBP holds shipments and works to compile and submit the required knowledge to seize UFLPA’s presumption. Our company is working with purchasers every single day to arrange for June 21stalong with by reviewing present chains and advising on CBP and the Compelled Labor Enforcement Exercise Drive’s steering issued up to now.