The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) submitted its Report to Congress on the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), which includes guidance for U.S. importers and the Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force’s (FLETF’s) List of Entities in Xinjiang, China that mine, produce, or manufacture wholly or in part any goods, wares, articles and merchandise with forced labor. The report’s Entity List starts on page 30 of the 68-page document.
The UFLPA comes into force on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, along with the UFLPA’s rebuttable presumption. The law’s rebuttable presumption carries a significantly high evidentiary level for U.S. importers to convince the government that they have no trace of forced labor in any part of their supply chains.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) also issued its Operational Guidance for Importers. It provides an overview of the Importation Process and Enforcement of UFLPA, including detention, release, exclusion, and seizure/forfeiture. It includes the steps for Requesting an Exception to Rebuttable Presumption.