Companies brace for chaos as Xinjiang import ban starts in US

"The way the law is written could be interpreted as applying to other kinds of goods from other parts of China that allegedly involved forced labor at some point along the supply chain," Doug Barry, a senior director at the US-China Business Council, told Nikkei Asia in an email. There are reports of detainees being moved out of Xinjiang to work in other parts of the country, while components produced in the region have been traced to US-bound exports shipped from elsewhere in China. Barry warned that the law could heap more pressure on pandemic-hit supply chains and stoke US inflation, already running at 40-year highs. Companies are still awaiting clear instructions from US Customs and Border Protection, Barry said.