U.S. Customs and Border Protection Announces Ban on Cotton Products Manufactured by China’s Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps

The Trump administration announced on Monday that it will block imports of cotton from China’s western Xinjiang region, which reportedly produced it with forced labor.

The Trump administration announced on Monday that it will block imports of cotton from China’s western Xinjiang region, which reportedly produced it with forced labor.

In a statement, US Customs and Border Protection said it will detain shipments containing cotton and cotton products originating from the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, the biggest cotton producer in the region, which is home to nearly 12 million Uyghurs, a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority that has been brutally oppressed by the Chinese regime over the last few decades.

The decision comes as the agency keeps ramping up its efforts to stop goods made with forced labor from entering the American market. 

This is the sixth recent order blocking such products from this Chinese region and represents an escalation in the scope of the restrictions.

In its statement, the Customs and Border Protection said that the Trump administration issued in July an advisory warning businesses about the risk of forced labor in Xinjiang, where the “Chinese government continues to execute a campaign of repression targeting the Uyghur people and other ethnic and religious minority groups.”


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