Under the blanket law, US customs and Border Protection can reasonably assume any goods that have come from the XUAR region have been produced by means of forced labour and blocked from entering the US.

But that’s not all. Even if goods were in part created in the Xinjang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and then transferred to be finished elsewhere, they can be blocked from entering the country. This certainly creates some level of complexity for clothing brands and retailers across the US because the chances of their finished goods from elsewhere containing inputs from the Uyghur region are relatively high. Earlier this year, the US Customs & Border Protection was urged to pay closer attention to cotton-based goods being imported from Vietnam after allegations the country is importing Xinjiang cotton to help China bypass sanctions imposed as part of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.

It is likely the demands under the new law will continue to evolve. And while US brands across the board have welcomed the act as they look to tackle the issue of forced labour, it would serve them well to seek knowledge and engage technologies that help trace the origin of the product. Recently, Sourcemap announced the Forced Labour Compliance Platform has been specifically developed to help companies solve the “chain of custody challenge” – proving they can trace products from raw material to US import – by assembling definitive proof of the entities within their supply chains. And there’s DNA traceability and isotopic testing technology like that from Applied DNA which can help reduce issues and time taken to release the goods at US borders.

Elsewhere, the US effort to diversify production continues with textile groups urging the US Trade Representative to extend tariffs on China finished goods which they say will help support the investment and effort into nearshoring and job creation in the States.

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