After the issuance of the guidance from CBP below, they also issued the attached “Best Practices for Applicability Reviews..”. This document describes what an importer should know and do when a shipment is detained due to suspected forced labor. The key is quick communication with CBP.
CBP Issues Updated Forced Labor Guidance and Materials
This morning CBP circulated CSMS #55222106, containing updated materials and guidance on ensuring compliance with their forced labor enforcement initiatives.
CSMS # 55222106 – Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act and Forced Labor Enforcement – New Resources for Industry
CBP is undertaking multiple efforts to provide more information for companies seeking to comply with the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act and Section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1307).
- On February 23, 2023, CBP released additional guidance on enforcement and review procedures under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act:
- More detailed FAQs – https://www.cbp.gov/trade/programs-administration/forced-labor/faqs-uflpa-enforcement
- Best Practices for Applicability Reviews –https://www.cbp.gov/document/guidance/best-practices-applicability-reviews-importer-responsibilities
- Guidance on Executive Summaries and a Sample Table of Contents –https://www.cbp.gov/document/guidance/guidance-executive-summaries-and-sample-tables-contents
- On March 14-15, 2023, CBP’s Office of Trade will host the Forced Labor Technical Expo in Washington D.C. The Forced Labor Technical Expo will offer a forum for industry to provide the international trade community with information about the latest technologies that can aid in securing and managing the flow of goods. Register at https://www.cbp.gov/trade/forced-labor-technical-expo-2023.