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WASHINGTON – A proposed US bill is aiming to stop the US being swamped with cheap Chinese consumer products, including fashion. The bill has in its sights brands such as Shein, currently one of the fastest growing e-commerce retailers globally. The controversial brand currently exploits a loophole whereby packages worth less than US$800 can enter the US duty-free. Shein ships cheap fashion directly to US consumers from its Chinese warehouses, avoiding duty imports in the process. The practice also means due diligence cannot be effectively carried out on clothing imports to check for issues such as chemical content or whether they contain cotton from Xinjiang, which is banned in the US.

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