AAFA, others respond to ban on cotton imports from Xuar

Posted January 13, 2021

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), National Retail Federation (NFR), Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) responded to today’s blanket Withhold Release Order (WRO) impacting all cotton and cotton products from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

 

In a joint statement, the associations wrote:

 

“The companies we represent remain outraged by the reports of forced labor in the XUAR – and reports that Uyghurs are being trafficked to other regions – and have long made eradicating forced labor in our supply chains a top operational and public policy priority.

 

“Today’s announcement matches our members’ accelerated commitment in this region. The industry is pioneering and implementing new technologies and innovative approaches to decipher where supply chains are susceptible to forced labor, particularly as it relates to XUAR.

 

“We look forward to working with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to make sure enforcement is smart, transparent, targeted and effective. We urge CBP to share with industry the evidence gathered, and the evidentiary thresholds used, that led to today’s announcement. Additionally, we ask CBP to share enforcement actions so that industry can further inform their due diligence and amplify and expand CBP’s enforcement efforts.

 

“We look forward to working with the new Congress and new administration to build on today’s announcement by developing and implementing a holistic approach that provides all stakeholders a clear, effective and enforceable path forward on reaching our shared goal – ending forced labor and the larger campaign of oppression it fuels.”

 

Sources: AAFA, NFR, RILA and USFIA

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