Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Region Alert
On March 18, 2023, CBP will deploy the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA)
Region Alert enhancement to the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). This
enhancement will provide an early notification to importers and their representative of
goods that may have been produced in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang
or XUAR) and may be excluded from importation into the United States. This
enhancement includes electronic data interchange (EDI) impacts.
The UFLPA was signed into law on December 23, 2021 (Public Law 117-78) and
implemented on June 21, 2022. It supports U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP)
forced labor enforcement authorities and establishes a rebuttable presumption that all
goods, wares, articles, and merchandise mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in
part in the Xinjiang region of the People’s Republic of China, or by entities identified by
the United States government on a UFLPA entities list, are prohibited from entry in the
What FII needs from importers:
- Make sure your supply chain is free of forced labor
- Make sure your suppliers include the Chinese Postal Code on all invoices
What will change for trade users?
The UFLPA Region Alert will add three new validations to ACE in specific applications.
The validations will be:
• Postal code will be a required field.
• Users will receive an error message if the postal code provided is not a valid
Chinese postal code.
• Users will receive a warning message when a XUAR region postal code is
The specific applications impacted will be:
• Cargo Release (SE) application – only for the Manufacturer (MF) party and only
when the country is reported as The People’s Republic of China (CN) in the SE36
and/or SE56 record.
• Manufacturer Identification Code ($I) application – when creating or updating a
Manufacturer Identification Code with a city located in The People’s Republic of
This enhancement will provide the ability to update an existing MID with a postal code.
What do trade users need to do?
If the user receives a warning message, they should notify the importer(s) of the rebuttable
presumption established by UFLPA.
Importers 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: https://www.cbp.gov/document/guidance/uflpa-operational-guidance-importers
What additional resources are available?
• For questions about UFLPA Region Alert, contact
• Technical issues: Contact the ACE Help Desk by phone 866-530-4172 or via email
• For additional information on the UFLPA, please visit: