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23 Dez 2021

Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes (USA)

USA: Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act signed into law

"Biden Signs The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Into Law", 23 December 2021

On December 23, 2021, President Biden signed into law the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, a bipartisan bill to ensure that goods made with alleged forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China do not enter the United States market. [...]

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act creates a presumption that “with respect to any goods, wares, articles, and merchandise mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part in the Xinjiang [...] or produced by an entity on a list [...], (1) the importation of such goods, wares, articles, and merchandise is prohibited under section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930; and (2) such goods, wares, articles, and merchandise are not entitled to entry at any of the ports of the United States.” The Act provides for an exception where the importer has fully complied with the guidance described in the Act, completely and substantively responded to all inquiries for information submitted by the Commissioner to ascertain the origin of the goods, and “by clear and convincing evidence, that the good, ware, article, or merchandise was not mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part by forced labor.” [...]

Part of the following timelines

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