Forced Labor Law Takes Effect June 21; Apparel Market Prepares for Import Confusion

Importers of products impacted by the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) are bracing for what could be confusion at best or chaos at worst as the law takes effect on June 21. The law targets goods produced in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China (XUAR), an area known for dismal human rights, including forced labor.

Any US company sourcing goods from China may be impacted, but US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has listed “apparel/textiles” as one of the top three commodities, along with chemicals and agricultural products, imported from Xinjiang. Therefore, printers …

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