On July 14, 2021, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) was passed unanimously by the US Senate. It now moves to the House, where it is expected to pass easily – a previous version of the bill passed 406-3 in September 2020. The UFLPA reverses the previously applied burden of proof, creating a presumption that goods produced in Xinjiang involve forced labor. Therefore, if enforced, all goods produced in the region is expected to be banned, unless Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can firmly establish that the goods were not made using forced labor.
Our multinational team further analyze the Senate version of the UFLPA in the below publication and provides recommendation in the event the bill passes Congress and into law.