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The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) establishes a rebuttable presumption that the importation of any goods, wares, articles and merchandise mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China, or produced by certain entities, is prohibited by Section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930 and that such goods, wares, articles, and merchandise are not entitled to entry to the United States.
The presumption applies unless the Commissioner of U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) determines, through clear and convincing evidence, that the goods, wares, articles, or merchandise were not produced using forced labor or that UFLPA does not apply to the goods, wares, or merchandise seeking to be entered into the United States. The statistics provided below are shipments subjected to UFLPA reviews or enforcement actions, US Customs and Border Protection writes on its website.
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In 2022 there were 1,533 shipments, with a total value of 472M, that fell under the scrutiny of UFLPA. Out of the total, 195 were barred from entering the US, and 589 were released. The shipments came from China, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. The overwhelming majority of the shipments consisted of electronics.