Supplies of Chinese-made Construction Materials Could Be Impacted by New Law Targeting Chinese Forced Labor That Takes Effect Next Week
Next week, the recently enacted Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act will take effect on June 21, 2022. The Uyghur Force Labor Prevention Act bans the importation to the United States goods produced with the forced labor of Uyghurs from the Xinxiang region of China. Specifically, the law and implementing guidance require importers to prove by “clear and convincing evidence” that its goods were not produced using Uyghur forced labor. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a 17-page Operations Guidance for Importers to clarify the types of evidence and supply chain controls that will be necessary to rebut the presumption in the Uyghur Force Labor Prevention Act and establish that Chinese goods were not made with Uyghur forced labor.
SWACCA members should know that implementation and enforcement of this law could impact supply chains for certain construction materials from China that may have been produced using forced labor. Specifically, we wanted to alert SWACCA members of a new report highlighting concerns that Chinese-produced construction materials made of polyvinyl chloride or PVC, such as pipes, flooring, and wall coverings that are imported could be impacted by this new law.
SWACCA is continuing to monitor this emerging issue.
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