On 9 September, Bloomberg reported that US Customs and Border Protection plans a so-called withhold release order (or WRO) that will cover all cotton, textile and tomato products from the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous region. It said the Chinese Communist Party and its companies “maintain a pervasive scheme” in the area “that imposes forced labour” in making these goods.  US importers then have to prove forced labour wasn’t involved in making the goods, find a new destination for them outside the US, or destroy them.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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