US blocks exports to solar manufacturers in Xinjiang, import ban to follow
June 24 (Renewables Now) – The US Department of Commerce has restricted exports to Chinese producers of silicon-based materials, manufacturers of solar products and others for their alleged involvement in the use of forced labor in the region Chinese Xinjiang.
On the so-called Entity List, which requires US companies to obtain a special license to export, re-export and transfer goods to those listed therein, are Xinjiang GCL New Energy Material Technology Co Ltd, Xinjiang Daqo New Energy Co Ltd, Xinjiang East Hope Nonferrous Metals Co Ltd, Hoshine Silicon Industry (Shanshan) Co Ltd and the paramilitary organization Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.
“These entities have been implicated in human rights violations and abuses in the implementation of China’s campaign of repression, arbitrary mass detention, forced labor and high-tech surveillance against Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. “the Department of Commerce said in a Federal Register notice.
Large solar-grade polysilicon producer Xinte Energy Co Ltd (HKG: 1799), also based in Xinjiang but with the intention of building a huge factory in Inner Mongolia, was spared the entity listing.
A block on imports from companies accused of using forced labor in Xinjiang is expected to follow. The U.S. government is expected to announce on Thursday an import ban on Hoshine Silicon Industry Co Ltd (SHA: 603260), which produces industrial silicon for a range of applications, Reuters and Bloomberg reported, citing knowledgeable sources. Imports from Hoshine would be blocked from entering the United States unless the company can prove that its products are not made with forced labor, according to Bloomberg.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will hold a joint press briefing on Thursday to discuss efforts to eradicate forced labor from U.S. supply chains.