Congress considers bill banning imports from Xinjiang – Administration takes action on forced labor

On 22 September 2020 the U.S. House of Representatives nearly unanimously (406-3) passed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, H.R. 6210. If passed by the Senate and signed into law by the president, this bill would ban the importation of all items produced in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) unless U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) determines by "clear and convincing” evidence that those items were not produced by forced labor. The bill also imposes sanctions on any foreign person who knowingly is involved in the forced labor of Muslim minority groups or knowingly assists in contravening U.S. law. And the bill contains a number of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting requirements for issuers and congressional reporting requirements for the administration. Additionally, other U.S. government agency action has targeted imports of goods containing forced labor in their supply chains from Xinjiang and globally.

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