February 17, 2021

UPDATE: CBP Issues region-wide withhold release order on products made by slave labor in Xinjiang

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released an FAQ document for the Withhold Release Order (WRO).

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released an FAQ document for the Withhold Release Order (WRO) that went into effect January 13, 2021, for cotton, tomatoes and downstream products produced in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

CBP has stated the products are subject to the WRO due to their manufacture by state-sponsored forced labor in this region “where the Chinese government is engaged in systemic human rights abuses against the Uyghur people and other ethnic and religious minorities.”

Please follow the below link to review the FAQs:

https://www.cbp.gov/trade/programs-administration/forced-labor/xinjiang-uyghur-autonomous-region-wro-frequently-asked-questions


CBP Issues region-wide withhold release order on products made by slave labor in Xinjiang

Effective January 13 at all US ports of entry, CBP will detain cotton products and tomato products produced in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

CBP based this Withhold Release Order (WRO) based on information that indicates the use of detained or prison labor and situations of forced labor.

This WRO will direct CBP personnel at all US ports of entry to detain cotton products and tomato products grown or produced by entities operating in Xinjiang.  Products include apparel, textiles, tomato seeds, tomato sauce and other goods made with cotton and tomatoes.  Importers are responsible for ensuring their imports do not exploit forced labor at any point in their supply chain, including the production of harvesting of the raw material.

This is the fourth WRO that CBP has issued in Fiscal Year 2021, and the second on products originating in Xinjiang.  Eight of the 13 WROs issued by CBP in FY2020 were on goods made by forced labor in China.  All WROs are publicly available and listed by country on CBP’s Forced Labor WROs and Findings webpage.

For further information please see here
 

Crane Trade Services can assist you with questions regarding this WRO.  For assistance please contact CWTSConsulting@craneww.com.


 

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