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Congressional Commission on China Leadership Suggests $70M for UFLPA Enforcement

The four leaders of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, a Democrat and a Republican from each chamber, are asking appropriators to fully fund the CBP request of $70.3 million to implement the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, for more employees, technology and training.

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Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., and Rep. Christopher Smith, R-N.J., noted that in the current fiscal year, Congress gave $27.5 million to CBP to implement the law. "With enforcement burdens set to increase following the implementation of the aforementioned import prohibition, to be implemented 180 days from enactment of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, the additional funding requested by CBP will support compliance by addressing staffing, technological, and administrative shortfalls. CBP estimates that enforcing this prohibition would substantially increase the number of transactions subject to review and enforcement from less than one million to more than 11.5 million per year. This request would support hiring 300 additional positions as well as increasing capacity for technology, training, strategy, and outreach," they wrote.