CW2023: CBP official on early impact of Uyghur forced labor law

Eric Choy CW2023

Customs agents have flagged thousands of products marked as made in Malaysia, Vietnam, or elsewhere because of suspicions supply chains were linked to the Xinjiang region of China, according to an official from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Eric Choy, executive director for trade remedy law enforcement at the CBP’s Office of Trade, spoke as part of a panel discussion on human trafficking and forced labor at Compliance Week’s 2023 National Conference in Washington, D.C. His remarks largely focused on the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), which took effect in June 2022.

Gwen Hassan, founder and host of the “Hidden Traffic” podcast and a risk and compliance practitioner, moderated the session, which also featured Nate Lankford, practice lead, business and human rights at law firm Miller & Chevalier.

Under the UFLPA, companies must prove through documentation none of their products or components, or the raw materials that made them, have a link back to the Xinjiang region.

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