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CBP Issues Withhold Release Order on cotton and tomato products produced in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. This order was effective on January 13, 2021.

Dear Friends and Customers,

This Withhold Release Order will direct CBP personnel at all U.S. ports of entry to detain cotton and tomato products grown or produced by entities operating in Xinjiang. These products include apparel, textiles, tomato seeds, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, and other goods made with cotton and tomatoes. CBP issued the WRO based on information that reasonably indicates the use of detainee or prison labor and situations of forced labor. Importers are responsible for ensuring the products they are attempting to import do not exploit forced labor at any point in their supply chain, including the production or harvesting of the raw material.

We strongly urge you to get manufacturing affidavits or any written proof from your vendors confirming that they do not manufacture in this region.  

Federal statute 19 U.S.C. 1307 prohibits the importation of merchandise produced, wholly or in part, by convict labor, forced labor, and/or indentured labor, including forced or indentured child labor. CBP detains shipments of goods suspected of being imported in violation of this statute. Importers of detained shipments have the opportunity to export their shipments or demonstrate that the merchandise was not produced with forced labor.  For further information please see: CBP Issues Region-Wide Withhold Release Order on Products Made by Slave Labor in Xinjiang | U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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