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US imposes new restrictions on China imports


The Trump administration has imposed new restrictions on import of apparel, hair products and technology goods from certain Chinese companies alleging these entities use forced labor in the Xinjiang region to make their products. These restrictions allow US customs agents to detain and potentially destroy goods brought into the country that are made by the named companies or entities in Xinjiang.

The withhold release orders were announced by Customs and Border Protection They target all products made with labor from the Lop County No. 4 Vocational Skills Education and Training Center in Xinjiang, which provides prison labor to nearby manufacturing entities. The orders also restrict hair products made in the Lop County Hair Product Industrial Park, apparel produced by Yili Zhuowan Garment Manufacturing Company and Baoding LYSZD Trade and Business Company, cotton produced and processed by Xinjiang Junggar Cotton and Linen Company, and computer parts made by Hefei Bitland Information Technology Company.

Under this withhold release order, importers can bring their products into the United States if they are able to provide proof to customs that the goods were not made with forced labor.