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Apparel & Footwear

The Trump administration in 2021 banned all cotton imports from Xinjiang, empowering customs officials to halt any imports they have reason to believe are sourced directly or indirectly from the region. Since then, U.S. companies that use Xinjiang cotton have been on notice to examine and, if necessary, modify where they source their cotton. President Biden raised the stakes further when late last year he signed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA). The UFLPA bans all imports from Xinjiang based on the “rebuttable presumption” that any goods produced in the territory, cotton chief among them, are produced using forced labor.

China is one of the biggest sources of apparel imports worldwide, including the United States. In 2019, 33.6% of U.S. garment imports came from China. Strategy Risks aims to help global companies identify and confirm whether their Chinese partners or suppliers can be traced back to Xinjiang or other unreliable Chinese entities. By using a proprietary blend of open-source research and data, Strategy Risks creates a contextualized risk profile, answering the following questions:

  • How is the apparel industry connected to Xinjiang?
  • How is the fashion industry connected to Xinjiang?
  • Do my clothes come from Xinjiang?
  • Where do my clothes come from?
  • How do I know if I am buying Xinjiang cotton?
  • What does the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act do?

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