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Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Requires Postal Codes

“Does your supplier include their Postal Code in their address?”   -Here’s why it’s important.

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) is now in effect and Customs requires the China postal code on all paperwork. This enhancement will provide an early notification to importers of goods that may have been produced in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) which would be subject to UFLPA restrictions per H.R. 6256.

Why is CBP checking postal codes?

UFLPA establishes a rebuttable presumption that the importation of any goods, wares, articles, and merchandise mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part in Xinjiang, or mined, produced, or manufactured by certain entities on the UFLPA Entity List, is prohibited by 19 U.S.C. § 1307, and that such goods, wares, articles, and merchandise are not entitled to entry into the United States.

CBP will hold your freight if they believe it’s made with “Forced Labor”.  A big part of that determination is based on where the supplier (manufacturer) is located. By providing the now mandated postal code on your documentation you remove the guesswork in preparing the information for Customs to review. If the postal code is nowhere to be found, CBP will err on the side of caution and hold your freight for further investigation.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Ryan Skinner


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