About The Webinar

Recently Congress passed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), paving the way for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) to increase its enforcement efforts to combat forced labor. Effective June 21, 2022, the law creates a rebuttable presumption that any work performed in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) is presumed to be forced.  As a result, all types of goods from any country that may have raw materials, components, subcomponents made, or some type of processing in the XUAR will be banned.

To avoid potential lengthy detentions of merchandise and prepare for CBP’s enforcement, importers should update their practices, procedures, and documents to address forced labor, map supply chains, and educate partners on recordkeeping to support the origin of goods, materials and processing. In addition, all identified direct and indirect suppliers need to be screened to ensure they are not on a US sanctioned party list.

Join us for a discussion of the new law; review of the forced labor actions already in place by CBP, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC); and the specific actions parties should take to avoid delays, detentions or penalties in the future.

Key Topics

  • Summary of new Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act;
  • Preparing for forced labor enforcement;
  • Burden of proof to rebut the presumption of forced labor;
  • Current Customs enforcement tools for forced labor;
  • U.S. sanctions against entities involved in Uyghur forced labor; and
  • Other potential geographic areas of concern.


Elise Shibles

Textiles & Apparel Practice Leader; Forced Labor Practice Leader

ELISE SHIBLES is a Member of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., resident in the San Francisco office. She leads the firm’s Textiles and Apparel Practice as well as its Forced Labor Practice. She advises and counsels clients on trade agreement and preference program requirements for a variety of different types of goods under U.S. and non-U.S. trade programs including NAFTA, QIZ, ASEAN-China and EU-Vietnam, among others. She also has extensive expertise in all aspects of textile and apparel trade and policy including classification, origin, marking, Section 301 tariff mitigation, drafting and reviewing proposed legislation, and strategy for trade negotiations. 


David F. Olave

Associate & Trade Policy Advisor

DAVID OLAVE is an Associate and Trade Policy Advisor for Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. He employs a unique blend of experience in customs law, trade negotiations, legislative procedures, lobbying and civil society outreach to advise clients on the potential impact of trade-related legislation and to work with the U.S. government to address clients’ needs.


Amanda Levitt


AMANDA LEVITT is a Member with Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, resident in the New York office. Her practice is focused on international trade and customs law, particularly relating to classification and marking / country of origin issues.



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