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On December 2, the US Government announced the latest in a long series of actions responding to allegations of forced labor of Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, China. Specifically, US Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) issued a Withhold Release Order (“WRO”) dated November 30, 2020 against cotton products made by the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (“XPCC”). The WRO was issued based on information that CBP believes reasonably indicates XPCC’s use of…

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is continuing to step up its enforcement of the U.S. import ban on goods made, wholly or in part, with forced labor (19 U.S.C. § 1307). Senior CBP leadership has recently confirmed that it is examining goods and commodities originating in Xinjiang, China, for potential enforcement activity. Separately, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) implementing bill, which was signed into law by President Trump on January 29, 2020 (Pub. L. 116-113), contains…