Background

The Department of Homeland Security will hold a virtual public hearing April 8 on the use of forced labor in China and potential measures to prevent the importation of goods made with such labor. The Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force will use information from this hearing, as well as comments made in response to a January inquiry, to help develop a strategy to prevent such imports required by the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.

Those interested in providing public testimony at the DHS hearing must register here by March 30 and identify which of the following specific topics on which they wish to speak.

 - forced labor schemes in China and its Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

- risks of importing goods made wholly or in part with forced labor

- measures that can be taken to trace the origin of goods and offer greater supply chain transparency

- measures that can be taken to identify third-country supply chain routes

- factors to consider in developing and maintaining the required entities list

- high-priority sectors for enforcement, including cotton, tomatoes, and/or polysilicon

- needed importer guidance

- opportunities for coordination and collaboration

- other general comments related to the UFLPA

Speakers may also submit supplemental written testimony no later than April 8.

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg offers a comprehensive suite of services to help companies address forced labor concerns, including supply chain reviews, due diligence strategies, and proactive remediation. ST&R also maintains a frequently updated web page offering a broad range of information on forced labor-related efforts in the U.S. and around the world and offers an on-demand webinar on forced labor and supply chain transparency. For more information, please contact ST&R at supplychainvisibility@strtrade.com.

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