House China committee targets leading clothes brand names

A buyer brings a bag of Nike product along the Magnificent Mile shopping district on December 21, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. 

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WASHINGTON — A House committee taking a look at the U.S. federal government’s financial relationship with China is asking a few of the world’s biggest clothes business for details about using required labor throughout production — a prospective infraction of U.S. trade law.

Lawmakers asked merchants Temu, Shein, Nike and Adidas North America about using products and labor sourced from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous area of China, according to letters sent out to business leaders on Tuesday. Such practices would make up offenses of the 2021 Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, according to the legislators.

Congress passed the UFLPA with bipartisan assistance after the State Department figured out China is “committing genocide against Uyghurs and other minority groups in Xinjiang.”

The letters were sent out to Rupert Campbell, president of Adidas North America; Qin Sun, president of Temu; Chris Xu, CEO of Shein and John Donahoe, president and CEO of Nike, Inc. They were signed by Reps. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisc., chair of the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party, and Ranking Member Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill.

“Using forced labor has been illegal for almost a hundred years—but despite knowing that their industries are implicated, too many companies look the other way hoping they don’t get caught, rather than cleaning up their supply chains. This is unacceptable,” Gallagher in a declaration. “American businesses and companies selling in the American market have a moral and legal obligation to ensure they are not implicating themselves, their customers, or their shareholders in slave labor.”

The queries likewise follow a March hearing of the committee that consisted of a skilled evaluation finding that U.S. business financing “state-sponsored forced labor programs in the Uyghur region.”

The legislators asked for actions to their concerns, consisting of the identity of products providers, supply chain policies and audit procedures for providers, by May 16.

Representatives for the business did not instantly react to ask for remark from CNBC.

The newest queries follow a different bipartisan effort previously today prompting the Securities and Exchange Commission to need Shein to license it does not utilize Uyghur labor prior to the business can broaden into the U.S. market. Shein has actually rejected the allegation.

Chinese brand names Shein and Temu, which is owned by Chinese moms and dad business PDD Holdings, are likewise implicated of profiting from a 90-year-old loophole to prevent tariffs on lots of items offered straight to U.S. customers, the legislators stated Tuesday.

The legislators state Shein and Temu rely greatly on the de minimus arrangement of Section 321 of the Tariff Act of 1930 to waive import tariffs if the reasonable retail worth of in the nation of delivery does not go beyond $800.


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