FORCED LABOUR SANCTIONS IN THE SOLAR INDUSTRY – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

On 25 June, National Review carried an article following the issue by the US Customs and Border Protection of a Withhold Release Order (WRO) against Hoshine Silicon Industry Co. Ltd, a company located in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region – the day after the Department of Commerce placed Hoshine and 4 other companies operating out of the XUAR on its Entity List for export licensing restrictions. 

https://www.natlawreview.com/article/forced-labor-sanctions-solar-industry-what-you-need-to-know

THIRD-PARTY AUDITING WON’T SOLVE US SOLAR INDUSTRY’S XINJIANG PROBLEM

On 25 June, an article from the Peterson Institute for International Economics says that the US solar industry is justifiably concerned about the US Government’s hardening stance on China’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang, a key supplier of polysilicon used for making the photovoltaic cells used in solar panels.  China accounts for 68% of global polysilicon production, and virtually all silicon-based solar panels are likely to contain some Xinjiang silicon.  Due to growing concerns over forced labour, the Solar Energy Industries Association, a major trade group, released guidance on traceability and good practice guidance, which included a call for independent auditing of supply chains.  However, the article remarks that this can be quite difficult to implement for a variety of reasons.

https://www.piie.com/blogs/realtime-economic-issues-watch/third-party-auditing-wont-solve-us-solar-industrys-xinjiang

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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