New Forced Labor Law Goes into Effect Creating New challenges For Importers

Washington, D.C. (June 22, 2022) – Congress passed the Uyghur Forced Labor Act in December, and President Biden signed it into law right before Christmas. Importers were given six months to review supply chains and adjust to comply with the new law – banning products made with forced labor or containing inputs from forced labor.

CBP provided guidance last week on the enforcement of the new law, but for many importers, the new rules create challenges in getting products to market due to the difficulty in determining the source of all inputs.

This recent article in the Seattle Times lays out the situation and impact on consumers and offers some insight into industry actions as a result of the new law.

For more information, please contact Bill Sells, SVP Government Relations & Public Affairs, at [email protected].

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