The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) has been in full effect for almost a year now, but US importers continue to face the daunting task of auditing their supply chains for non-obvious connections to raw materials or products that have been mined, produced or manufactured wholly or in part in Xinjiang Province in China.
Identifying supply chain exposure to Xinjiang is extremely difficult, especially based exclusively on supplier disclosures, but it is vitally important that businesses do so.
Helping with UFLPA-compliance is the crux of a webinar – Enhancing Xinjiang Forced Labor Risk Assessments – that is taking place on October 3 at 3pm, London time (GMT +1:00).
On hand with insight and advice will be a brace of executives from Sayari, including Bjorn Kjelstad, Director of Training and Investigations, and Paul Hoffer, Enterprise Account Executive.
“There’s actually a lot you can do to mitigate supply chain risk using data in the public domain, and you don’t have to step foot in China or know Chinese to do it,” says Kjelstad.
It is advice worth listening to, because the penalties for a UFLPA violation are high, involving civil or criminal penalties, or both.
Not only are impacted goods seized at the border, but the resulting disruption and reputational damage is likely to be severe, and lasting.
According to the legislation, “any goods, wares, articles, and merchandise mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region are not entitled to entry to the United States”.
But by collecting billions of corporate documents and trade records from all around the world, and transforming it into a clean picture of companies and their relationships, Sayari Graph can flag both obvious and non-obvious forced labour risks — from a supplier’s physical location in Xinjiang to forced labour exposure through its sub-tier suppliers.
Sayari Graph is trusted by the US Customs & Border Protection and other trade regulators. Register for the webinar here, to learn how to mitigate UFLPA risk in global supply chains.
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