Fashion Intel & Analysis

Today U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released a presentation from December 2019 about Forced Labor issues. The presentation will look familiar to many USFIA members who participated in the CBP webinar but we are sharing again with members since CBP sent this information to stakeholders. CBP provided a summary of statutes related to forced labor in the United States, the process to notify CBP of forced labor allegations, and the process of issuing a Withhold Release Order (WRO). Below are the key points CBP outlined as guidance for the trade community. 

  • CBP encourages the trade community to closely examine their supply chains to ensure goods imported into the United States are not mined, produced or manufactured, wholly or in part, with prohibited forms of labor, i.e., slave, convict, forced child, or indentured labor.
  • CBP requires information that is reasonable but not conclusive for issuance of a WRO.
  • Findings require conclusive evidence, i.e., probable cause that the imported goods are made with forced labor.
  • Evidence submitted by importers to revoke a WRO will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • CAATSA creates a rebuttable presumption that can be overcome by “clear and convincing” evidence

Euromonitor updated its predictions for the top global consumer trends in 2020 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As consumers are forced to stay home, the lines between work, play, exercise, and rest have blurred and priorities have shifted. Eurmonitor predicts a surge in demand for "touchless" technology such as robots for no-contact services and deliveries, buying local, and self-care products. On the other hand, some consumer trends on the back burner include fewer reusables products as a result of sanitation concerns, fewer concerns over customer privacy, and lessened demand for faster transportation options.To learn more, Eurominotor hosted a webinar on these changing consumer trends.

A press report from Reuters says the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN)  have asked the British Government to stop imports made with cotton from the Xinjiang region of China. The complaint is based on "overwhelming evidence" that the Uyghur ethnic minority in China is being used as forced labor in the Xinjiang cotton industry. GLAN claims that the importation of cotton made with Uyghur forced labor violates multiple British laws including a law that prohibits the import of prison-made goods. A spokesperson from the British Foreign Office advised all businesses with supply chain functions in Xinjiang to conduct due diligence to ensure forced labor practices are not present. 

Today, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) notified Congress that the Administration intends to implement USMCA on July 1st.  Earlier this month the COAC had recommended that USMCA does not go into effect until January 1, 2021. And several industry groups have expressed concern that implementation on July 1st will be difficult, especially with the impact of COVID-19 on business operations.  

Today, in a 388-5 vote, the House passed a bill that provides an additional $310 billion to fund the Paycheck Protection program, $75 billion for hospitals and healthcare workers, and $25 billion to support COVID-19 testing. Today's vote in the House was an extraordinary reflection of the impact of COVID-19. The Members were wearing masks (and some were wearing gloves) and followed social distancing. We thought you might be interested to see the rules for today's vote.  

**For the health of all the Members and staff and to limit the number of people on the House Floor, Members are asked to stay in their offices except for during their confirmed speaking time during debate.  Additionally, Members are asked to come to the Floor only during their voting group's window and to return to their offices until their voting group is called for the next vote.  Members are encouraged to use the voting machines while voting and not vote by card in the House well.  During the vote series, the Majority Whip's office will notify Members when each group should proceed to the Floor to vote.

Members are advised that there will be a 30 minute recess in between the first and second vote to allow for a cleaning of the House Chamber.

The following times are for the first vote in the series on Adoption of the Select Subcommittee Resolution.  All times are approximations.  Members will be given notice from the Whip’s office about when their group should come to the floor for votes.
Group 1: Rep. Abraham to Rep. Cheney (1:30 – 1:40 p.m.)
Group 2: Rep. Chu to Rep. Ferguson (1:40 – 1:50 p.m.)
Group 3: Rep. Finkenauer to Rep. Hoyer (1:50 – 2:00 p.m.)
Group 4: Rep. Hudson to Rep. Lucas (2:00 – 2:10 p.m.)
Group 5: Rep. Luetkemeyer to Rep. Moolenaar (2:10 – 2:20 p.m.)
Group 6: Rep. Mooney to Rep. Roy (2:20 – 2:30 p.m.)
Group 7: Rep. Roybal-Allard to Rep. Norma Torres (2:30 – 2:40 p.m.)
Group 8: Rep. Torres Small to Rep. Zeldin (2:40 – 2:50 p.m.)
Group 9: Additional time, if needed

Following the vote on Adoption of the Select Subcommittee Resolution, the House will recess for approximately 30 minutes to allow for a cleaning of the House Chamber.  When the House reconvenes, we will vote on passage of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, by groups.  Updates about the timing for each group on that vote will be provided.