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CBP Takes Action Against Cotton and Tomatoes from Xinjiang Province 

Jan. 14 2021

On January 13, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a Withhold Release Order (WRO) banning the import of all cotton and tomato products produced in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.  These products include apparel, textiles, tomato seeds, canned tomatoes, and tomato sauce. 

If goods subject to a Withhold Release Order (WRO) arrive at a U.S. port of entry, CBP will detain those goods. Importers may either re-export the goods, in accordance with 19 C.F.R. § 12.44, or submit evidence that the goods were not produced with forced labor, in accordance with 19 C.F.R. § 12.43. 

This is based on indications of the use of detainee and or prison labor and situations of forced labor.  This expands the WRO issued by CBP on November 30, 2020 on cotton and cotton products originating from the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, an economic and paramilitary organization subordinate to the Chinese Communist Party.

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