On March 14, 2023, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched an interactive web page providing forced labor enforcement statistics under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA). CBP launched this “UFLPA statistics dashboard” to provide a single source of data on UFLPA enforcement actions. The dashboard provides information on the number of
BIS Adds 37 Entities to Entity List for National Security Risk Activities Involving Burma, China, Iran and Russia
On March 2, 2023, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a Final Rule adding 37 entities to the Entity List for contributing to Russia’s military/defense industrial base, supporting China’s military modernization, and facilitating or engaging in human rights abuses in Burma and China, including the following:
- Three entities in Russia,
CBP Removes Forced Labor Finding Pertaining to Palm Oil and Derivatives Produced by Malaysia’s Sime Darby Plantation
On February 3, 2023, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) issued a determination in the Federal Register providing notice that it has determined that palm oil and various derivatives thereof “are no longer being mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part with the use of convict, forced, or indentured labor by the Sime Darby…
BIS Adds 36 Chinese Companies to Entity List for Support of China’s Military Modernization, Human Rights Violations and UAV Concerns
Effective December 16, 2022, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a Final Rule adding 36 Chinse entities to BIS’s Entity List. These additions are intended to further restrict China’s “ability to leverage artificial intelligence, advanced computing, and other powerful, commercially available technologies for military modernization and human rights abuses,” according…
Treasury Sanctions Network of Chinese Fishing Vessels for Serious Human Rights Abuses
On December 9, 2022, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned two Chinese individuals and a vast network fishing vessels they control, including Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. (PME) and Dalian Ocean Fishing Co., Ltd. (Dalian), for perpetrating serious human rights abuses and corruption via illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Although…
USTR Seeks Comments to Develop Trade Strategy on Forced Labor
On July 6, 2022, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a notice seeking public comments to assist in the development of a forced labor trade strategy. The notice indicates that the strategy “will identify priorities and establish an action plan for utilizing existing and potential new trade tools to combat forced labor…
U.S. and G7 Leaders Commit to Address China’s Unfair Trade Practices
During meetings among the G7 leaders on June 28, 2022, President Joseph Biden and the other G7 leaders committed to a “unified approach to confront” China’s trade-distorting industrial directives. According to a White House Fact Sheet, such actions will include:
- sharing insights and best practices to identify, monitor and minimize vulnerabilities and logistic bottlenecks
Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Effective June 21; DHS and CBP Issue Highly Anticipated Guidance for Importers
- Effective June 21, 2022, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) establishes a rebuttable presumption that all goods produced, mined or manufactured in the Xinjiang region of China or by certain entities designated to the UFLPA Entity List are produced with forced labor and prohibited from entry into the United States.
- The prohibition
New Multiagency Business Advisory on Heightened Risk of Doing Business in Burma
- Several federal agencies recently released a business advisory emphasizing the heightened risk of doing business in Burma.
- Four key areas of risk were identified: (1) state-owned enterprises (SOEs); (2) gems and precious metals; (3) real estate and construction projects; and (4) arms, military equipment, and related activities.
- U.S. businesses with supply chains tied
DHS Seeks Public Comment on Methods to Prevent the Importation of Goods Originating from Forced Labor in China
On January 24, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security, on behalf of the Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force (Task Force), issued a request for public comments on “how best to ensure that goods, wares, articles, and merchandise mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part with forced labor in the People’s Republic of China are…