WASHINGTON – Brands with sourcing links to Xinjiang have been placed on high alert after the US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to take action against the import of apparel from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (Uyghur Region).
The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act – which must still pass the Senate – establishes the legal presumption that any product arriving at US ports that was manufactured in the Uyghur Region, or which contains inputs from the region, was made using forced labour.
Essentially, this means that unless the company importing the product can prove there was no forced labour used in its production, its importation is considered illegal and the product is barred from entering the US.
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