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Imports to the U.S. from China's Xinjiang region are being scrutinized by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) under a recent law that aims to block goods made with Uyghur forced labor, and shipments of solar panels and related components have been the most commonly flagged product to date.
"Between June 2022 and January 2023, 2,692 shipments were identified as potentially violating the terms of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act," a spokesperson for CBP told FOX Business. "These shipments were valued at $817,466,574."
The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) took effect in June 2022 after it passed both chambers of Congress with bipartisan support and was signed into law by President Biden in December 2021.
Under the UFLPA, there is a rebuttable presumption that any goods made in Xinjiang, including supply chain components sent elsewhere for further assembly, are the product of forced labor and subject to import restrictions.
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