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WASHINGTON – The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced it will impose a sweeping regional ban on cotton and tomato-product imports from the Uyghur Region (otherwise known as Xinjiang, China), in response to widespread concerns over the use of forced labour. The ban affects 20 per cent of the apparel industry’s global cotton supply.

The ban follows a number of other actions taken by the US government over the last 12 months. On December 2, 2020, CBP issued a WRO on cotton and cotton products produced by the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), the single biggest contributor to Uyghur forced labor in East Turkistan.

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