CBP detains suspected aluminum from Xinjiang.

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This past week, US Customs and Border Protection issued a detention notice to AP Moller-Maersk A/S under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, signed by US President Joe Biden in 2021. The UFLPA requires companies to document goods from or produced in Xinjiang are not produced using forced labor.

Since 2021, CBP focused on cotton, tomatoes and polysilicon from the Xinjiang region and this recent detention notice now includes aluminum to the list.

The UFLPA requires companies to perform due diligence of their supply chain and the implementation of compliance programs to ensure the products they import do not contain any cotton, tomatoes, polysilicon and aluminum that may have been produced by forced labor.

Contact David Hsu if you or your company needs a compliance program or want to evaluate their supply chain by phone or text anytime at 832-896-6288 or by email at attorney.dave@yahoo.com; dh@gjatradelaw.com.

Counterfeit auto parts seized by CBP.

Seized shipment of counterfeit auto parts; source: CBP.gov

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) media release, officers in Philadelphia seized counterfeit Chinese vehicle parts in June consisting of door locks, hinges, powered mirrors, steering wheel switches, headlights and taillights, grills, rear bumpers, and paint kits. As the goods from China were branded with “Mercedes-Benz”, CBP officers suspected the goods may have been counterfeit. CBP Officers confirmed with the trademark holder and seized the goods for being counterfeit. The estimated retail value of the goods, if authentic totals $295,052.

If your shipment of goods from China has been detained or seized for suspicion of being counterfeit, contact David Hsu by phone/text at 832-896-6288 or by email at attorney.dave@yahoo.com 24/7 for immediate assistance.