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Earlier this year, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act was introduced to the Senate. The bill includes measures to restrict certain goods imported from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region due to alleged human rights violations and forced labor being used to manufacture exported goods. The only exceptions for imported goods from this region will be if CBP can establish proof that the goods were not made through exploitive or forced labor practices. The bill will also empower the current administration to impose and enforce sanctions against any businesses or individuals supporting any forced labor practices within the region. This bill was passed in the House on December 8th, and the Senate on December 16. The bill was signed by the President on December 23, 2021.
Updated guidance for processing approved Section 232 product exclusions was announced on February 7, 2023 via CSMS message 55014059.
CBP now directly processes approved Section 232 exclusions based on weekly lists provided by DOC. CBP activates approved product exclusion IDs in ACE on a weekly basis.
Importers can check CBP.gov every Friday, to determine if a Section 232 approved product exclusions is active in ACE. The posting can be found at https://www.cbp.gov/document/publications/active-section-232-product-exclusions-ace.
Polyvinyl chloride, which is one of the most widely produced synthetic plastics, is used in a wide variety of applications including doors, windows and even flooring. PVC may be a new target for CBP in the Forced Labor arena. Sandler Travis & Rosenberg’s article shares a little more on this topic. To check it out click on the link below.
CBP “participated” in the big game. CBP’s efforts include the security screening of all vehicles entering and working in the stadium in advance of Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, AZ. CBP is often called to help with events of this magnitude.
CBP Officers are trained to look for things that are out of place or not quite right. Officers use specific questions and tactics to determine if anything is not normal.