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US-China tensions

Companies brace for chaos as Xinjiang import ban starts in U.S.

Shipments from Chinese region barred under rules taking effect Tuesday

Companies including Nike and H&M have faced questions over the use of cotton from Xinjiang in their products.    © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Manufacturers and retailers are bracing for chaos as U.S. Customs prepares to enforce a ban on imports from China's Xinjiang region from Tuesday in response to reports of forced labor.

Companies are scrambling to gauge how the new rules could affect their business and supply chains with Asian clothing suppliers, international retail chains, U.S. solar-panel makers and Chinese floor-tile material makers among scores of groups that could see U.S. bound shipments seized.

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