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Richard Mojica Discusses How Forced Labor in China Tainted Companies' Supply Chains in the New York Times

"Supply Chains Widely Tainted by Forced Labor in China, Panel is Told"

New York Times

Richard Mojica commented in the New York Times on the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), which goes into effect in June and has the potential to drastically expand U.S. Customs and Border Protection's enforcement of the U.S. anti-forced labor law (19 U.S.C. §1307). The UFLPA establishes a rebuttable presumption that all goods made in whole or in part in Xinjiang – or by entities identified by the U.S. government as having certain connections to forced labor in Xinjiang – are prohibited from entry into the United States.

Mojica explained that some companies have been bifurcating their supply chains to ensure that material from Xinjiang goes to produce goods for China or other parts of the world, not for the United States, a practice that should suffice under the letter of the law but would be "reviewed further in the months and years to come." Mojica added that many companies were expecting the government to provide clear and practical guidance in the coming months about how to comply with the law, but "that expectation may be misguided. I don't think we're going to get the level of clarity that some companies expect," Mojica noted.