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WEBINAR: Forced labour and apparel imports: Impacts on apparel supply chains

July 14, 2022, 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Join the Canadian Apparel Federation for a webinar on new developments in the area of import compliance. In this webinar, Arthur Bodek, of Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP. (GDLSK) will explain the impact of the recently passed Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA). William Pellerin of McMillan LLP will provide an overview of trade policy around forced labour in Canada.

On June 21, 2022, Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) came into force. This law imposes significant new compliance requirements on imported merchandise that may contain inputs sourced in the Xinjiang region of China, owing to charges of forced labour. As Xinjiang is the origin of a large amount of the cotton grown in China (which amounts to over 20% of global supply) cotton is a priority product for enforcement. A similar focus on forced labour in products sourced in China was evident in 2021-22, under the withhold release order (WRO) program.

Most importantly, the UFLPA establishes a “rebuttable presumption” that any product with inputs that can be traced to Xinjiang is presumed to be made with forced labour. Importantly, these measures apply to apparel made in any country that might contain cotton originating in Xinjiang where the finished product is imported into the US.

Mr. Bodek will address the key issues including information requirements, anticipated trends in enforcement, and measures importers need to take to be prepared to address the demands of CBP.

While no equivalent to the UFLPA exists in Canada the Canadian government is increasing its scrutiny of imports made in whole or in part with forced labour. William Pellerin of McMillan LLP will address what the Canadian government has done to date and future directions for Canadian policy in this area.

Sponsor: Carson International

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