China Cotton and Tomato WRO – What to know and how to recognize the supply chain risks


Are your imports at risk from CBP’s recent WRO?

Pursuant to a Withhold Release Order (WRO) effective January 13, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will now detain cotton products and tomato products produced in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. CBP issues WROs to target, restrict, and detain suspect shipments.

This WRO affects all cotton products (including apparel and textiles) and tomato products (including tomato seeds, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce) produced in the Xinjiang region of China. It is part of CBP’s escalating actions to counter the importation of goods alleged to have been produced using forced labor. CBP has been aggressively detaining goods under the WRO on cotton and cotton products originating from the Xinjiang Production. In so doing, CBP has sought comprehensive records—including documents related to field workers and transportation documents from the farm to the production site.

Laufer continues to monitor CBP’s evolving policy. In cooperation with our friends at Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt (GDLSK) we are offering this free webinar to the trade community to help promote further understanding of this critical issue. This webinar will explain CBP’s use of Withhold Release Orders (WRO) under Federal Statue, how scope and enforcement is defined and specifically cover the details for the Cotton and Tomato WRO and how to determine potential impact to your business.

Areas covered in the webinar:

  • WRO Introduction
  • Identifying Your Risks
  • Supply Chain Best Practices and Audit Trail
  • Unique Issues Associated with Cotton Products
  • What’s Next for Importers?

For more information, please contact Ashley Coxey at acoxey@laufer.com

  • Ashley Coxey
    Laufer Group International, National Director of Business Development, Customs Brokerage
  • Lacey Watson
    Laufer Group International, MBA, LCB, CCS, National Compliance Manager
  • Heather C. Litman, Esq.
    Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt, Partner
  • Richard Wortman, Esq.
    Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt, Partner

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