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Energy Workforce Members Engage on New Forced Labor Prevention Act

Energy Workforce has created a working group to address issues and engage on the implementation of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The law, which became effective on December 23, 2021, is intended to prevent American entities from engaging and funding forced labor among ethnic minorities in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The law prohibits the importation of any goods, articles or merchandise produced or manufactured whole or in part in the region unless the importers meet specific conditions clearing the items from forced labor.

CPB has compiled operational guidance for importers which includes information on the detention, release, exclusion and seizure/forfeiture process. Engaging with, understanding and complying with the law is critical for the energy services industry given its deep supply chain exposure.

CPB has also created a UFLPA task force that is engaging with trade associations on implementation issues, which Energy Workforce has joined. During these meetings, Energy Workforce will be communicating any issues the membership and working group determines are material and of concern.

If you have interest in joining the Energy Workforce working group on this issue, please contact Maria Suarez-Simmons. The group’s first meeting will be Friday, September 30.

Maria Suarez-Simmons, Director Government Affairs, writes about industry-specific policies for the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.


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