Virginia Newman Comments on the UFLPA Entity List and CBP Challenges in the Wire China
The Wire China
Virginia Newman discussed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) Entity List and the scope of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) targeting of imports for detention under the UFLPA. The UFLPA empowers CBP to detain and block the entry of any goods made in the Xinjiang region unless importers can prove through rigorous tracing that their goods are free of forced labor. With last December's passage of UFLPA, CBP faces a big challenge – the inherent difficulty of identifying whether a shipment has come from Xinjiang. While CBP publishes a UFLPA Entity List of companies to avoid due to alleged involvement in forced labor in Xinjiang, that list is short. "There's a certain level of evidence that's required to put a company on that list, and it sounds like more will be added in short order, but CBP does not always indicate which company is the company of concern," Newman said. "Their targeting strategy is clearly encompassing more companies than are included on the UFLPA list."