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The Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force (FLETF) has announced that 26 textile suppliers from China have been added to the UFLPA Entities List. Products from companies on the Entities List are restricted from entering the US based on forced labor concerns. FLETF is focusing on cotton manufacturers, trades, and warehouse facilities that are outside of the Xingang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and have been found to be sourcing cotton from the XUAR. Under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), any goods produced in or containing inputs from the XUAR are presumed to benefit from forced labor. Importers of these products must present Customs with “clear and convincing” evidence that forced labor is not a part of the supply chain.

Homeland Security and Congress have been focusing on forced labor for several years, and their efforts accelerated with the passage of UFLPA in 2021. Since CBP began enforcing UFLPA in June 2022, they have reviewed over 8,000 shipments for possible forced labor violations. Textiles are not the only products being restricted under UFLPA, but the volume of cotton produced in the XUAR makes these products a high-priority target for enforcement. Inclusion on the Entity List will trigger a review, but Customs may detain any shipments suspected of being in violation.

The list of new additions was published in the Federal Register on May 17 and may be viewed here.

 

Best Regards,

Sam McClure, LCB

Director of Compliance & Customs Services

 

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Meet one of CVI’s Customs Brokerage & Compliance experts, Sam McClure:

Sam serves as Director, Compliance and Customs Services for CVI. He serves as CVI’s corporate compliance officer and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of our Customs related services, including growth.

Sam started his career in 1977 with Waters Shipping Company in Charlotte, NC. He began as a document runner, soon becoming a leader in operations and customer service for the branch. Sam, along with Linda Masten, founded Central Carolina Shipping Inc. in 1983 as an independent Customs Brokerage firm where he served as Vice President for 26 years. Sam and Linda grew Central Carolina into a successful and highly respected member of the Carolinas trade community. When Charlotte opened their local chapter of the IFFCBA Sam was part of the organizing group and he headed the Customs committee for several years. Sam obtained his Customs Brokers License in 1984 and remained with Central Carolina until the company was acquired by CVI in 2009.

At CVI, Sam has held several positions in both the operations and sales departments. As an expert in U.S. Customs regulations, Sam is often called upon on to provide guidance to importers on Customs compliance issues. He makes regular presentations on matters related to importation and broader regulatory compliance.

– Sam McClure, LCB, Director of Compliance & Customs Services, CVI
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