The U.S. has banned the import of cotton produced by the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps of China. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced this in a press release on its website.
According to the release, the decision was made in connection with the information that the enterprise uses forced labor, including that of convicted persons. The Service intends to detain shipments of cotton produced by the corps or its subdivisions, as well as products made from it, including clothing and fabrics.
The ban also applies to products from the Xinjiang Vocational Education and Training Center, Lop County Hair Product Industrial Park, Yili Zhuowan Garment Manufacturing and Baoding LYS’D Trade and Business clothing, and computer parts from Hefei Bitland in Anhui for identical reasons.
In July, Trump’s administration blacklisted several garment manufacturers from China, referring to their use of forced labor in Xinjiang. It included a number of past and present suppliers of clothing for such well-known international brands as Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss.
On June 17, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a bill previously adopted by both chambers of Congress to impose sanctions on Chinese officials who allegedly harass Uighurs and other groups of Muslims in XUAR. The U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control then imposed sanctions on the district’s Public Security Administration for human rights violations. These sanctions include a freeze on all assets of a number of individuals and organizations under U.S. jurisdiction, a ban on business contact with them and a ban on entry into the United States.