WASHINGTON – The Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force (FLETF) today launched the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) enforcement strategy. The launch of the enforcement strategy precedes the June 21, 2022 date on which the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin to enforce the UFLPA’s rebuttable presumption which prohibits, pursuant to Section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930, 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.
“The UFLPA enforcement strategy demonstrates the Biden Administration’s unwavering commitment to fully enforce our laws prohibiting the import of goods made by forced labor into the United States,” Ambassador Katherine Tai said. “It highlights our resolve to fight against the economic exploitation and human rights abuses committed against Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minorities in the People’s Republic of China. This enforcement strategy will help us in our work to eliminate this practice from our global supply chains.”
The FLETF, chaired by Department of Homeland Security, leads efforts to monitor the enforcement of the prohibition on importing goods made wholly or in part with forced labor into the United States. The FLETF is comprised of seven member agencies, including the Office of the United States Trade Representative and the Departments of Labor, State, Treasury, Justice, and Commerce.