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TOKYO ā€“ Japanese fast fashion brand Uniqlo has raised question marks around why its apparel products were blocked by US customs over suspicions they had links with Xinjiang forced labour. The brand, owned by Fast Retailing, claims United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had previously given clearance to other goods manufactured through the same processes but, ā€œdid not give clearance this time.ā€

Uniqlo claims cotton shirt products, which were manufactured in China using raw cotton from outside China, were blocked from being imported into the US. The company also says it presented certificates of origin for raw materials and information relating to production processes such as spinning and sewing.

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