On March 18, 2023, CBP will implement an Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) enhancement that will “provide an early notification to importers and their representative of goods that may have been produced in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Xinjian or XUAR) and may be excluded from importation into the United States.”
Whenever a Chinese manufacturer is required to be reported (for example, the manufacturer, supplier, or commercial invoice party based on import laws, rules, and regulations of the United States) for the manufacturer entity, a postal code will be a required data element for a Cargo Release. An error message will be given if the postal code associated with the manufacturer is not a valid Chinese postal code. Users can update existing manufacturer IDs (MIDs) with a postal code in ACE if the MID information does not contain one or if an error is received that the postal code is not a valid Chinese postal code.
This enhancement will also notify users when a XUAR region postal code has been provided. This notification may mean that the goods are excluded from importation into the United States under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA). If such a notification is received, importers should be aware that their goods may be excluded under UFLPA’s rebuttable presumption. Information on requesting an exception to the rebuttable presumption can be found on page nine in the UFLPA CBP Operational Guidance for Importers publication.
Importers are asked to include the postal code of any Chinese manufacturer on their import documents.