Congress Takes Aim at Uyghur Forced Labor

    View Author August 2021

    US companies importing certain products from China may be facing additional supply chain challenges in the near future. On July 14, 2021, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) was passed unanimously by the US Senate. It now moves to the House, where it is expected to pass easily – a previous version of the bill passed 406-3 in September 2020. The UFLPA sets a new standard for goods produced in Xinjiang, banning all goods unless Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can firmly establish that the goods were not made using forced labor. The UFLPA reverses the previously applied burden of proof, creating a presumption that goods produced in Xinjiang involve forced labor.