CBP issues WRO on cotton products made by Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps using prison labor
On December 2, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Trade directed the issuance of a Withhold Release Order (WRO) against cotton products originating from the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC).in China based on information that reasonably indicates the use of forced labor, including convict labor. The WRO applies to all cotton and cotton products produced by the XPCC and its subordinate and affiliated entities as well as any products that are made in whole or in part with or derived from that cotton, such as apparel, garments, and textiles.
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