Trade Alert

Postal Code for Chinese Origin Goods Requirement

By In USA Trade Alerts On 3rd November 2022


U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will, on a date to be determined, require a valid Chinese postal code for entities declared with a country of origin of China. 

The new requirement is anticipated to provide early notification to importers of goods that may have been produced in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) which would be subject to Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) restrictions.

Importers can prepare for the new requirement by verifying a valid Chinese postal code is listed on commercial documents for all Chinese manufacturers and suppliers to facilitate customs processing. 

Importers will be notified if postal codes are flagged for UFLPA and may request an exception to the rebuttable presumption from CBP during a detention, after an exclusion, or during the seizure process as described in the UFLPA Operational Guidance for Importers on page 9: UFLPA Operational Guidance for Importers | U.S. Customs and Border Protection (cbp.gov)


The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act establishes a rebuttable presumption that the importation of any goods, wares, articles and merchandise mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part in Xinjiang, or mined, produced, or manufactured by certain entities on the UFLPA Entity List, is prohibited by 19 U.S.C. § 1307, and that such goods, wares, articles, and merchandise are not entitled to entry into the United States.

More detail on this requirement can be found on the CBP Trade User Information Notice, Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Region Alert


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