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Nov 11 - U.S. blocks more than 1,000 solar shipments over Chinese slave labor concerns
 

 
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Nov 11 (Reuters) - More than 1,000 shipments of solar energy components worth hundreds of millions of dollars have piled up at U.S. ports since June under a new law banning imports from China's Xinjiang region over concerns about slave labor, according to federal customs officials and industry sources.

The level of seizures, which has not previously been reported, reflects how a policy intended to heap pressure on Beijing over its Uyghur detention camps in Xinjiang risks slowing the Biden administration's efforts to decarbonize the U.S. power sector to f*ght climate change.

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4 minute readNovember 11, 20225:47 AM ESTLast Updated 3 hours ago
Exclusive: U.S. blocks more than 1,000 solar shipments over Chinese slave labor concerns
By Nichola Groom
Worker conducts quality-check of a solar module product at a factory of a monocrystalline silicon solar equipment manufacturer in Xian, Shaanxi
A worker conducts quality-check of a solar module product at a factory of a monocrystalline silicon solar equipment manufacturer LONGi Green Technology Co, in Xian, Shaanxi province, China December 10, 2019. REUTERS/Muyu Xu
Nov 11 (Reuters) - More than 1,000 shipments of solar energy components worth hundreds of millions of dollars have piled up at U.S. ports since June under a new law banning imports from China's Xinjiang region over concerns about slave labor, according to federal customs officials and industry sources.

The level of seizures, which has not previously been reported, reflects how a policy intended to heap pressure on Beijing over its Uyghur detention camps in Xinjiang risks slowing the Biden administration's efforts to decarbonize the U.S. power sector to f*ght climate change.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection has seized 1,053 shipments of solar energy equipment between June 21, when the Uyghur Forced Labor Protection Act went into effect, and Oct. 25, it told Reuters in response to a public records request, adding none of the shipments have yet been released.

The agency would not reveal the manufacturers or confirm details about the quantity of solar equipment in the shipments, citing federal law that protects confidential trade secrets.

Three industry sources with knowledge of the matter, however, told Reuters the detained products include panels and polysilicon cells likely amounting to up to 1 gigawatt of capacity and primarily made by three Chinese manufacturers - Longi Green Energy Technology Co Ltd (601012.SS), Trina Solar Co Ltd (688599.SS) and JinkoSolar Holding Co (JKS.N).

Combined, Longi, Trina and Jinko typically account for up to a third of U.S. panel supplies. But the companies have halted new shipments to the United States over concerns additional cargoes will also be detained, the industry sources said.

The sources asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

China denies abuses in Xinjiang. Beijing initially denied the existence of any detention camps, but then later admitted it had set up "vocational training centers" necessary to curb what it said was terrorism, separatism and religious radicalism in Xinjiang.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told a regular news briefing on Friday that claims about the use of forced labor in Xinjiang were "the lie of the century fabricated by a small group of anti-China individuals" and would hinder the global response to climate change.

"The U.S. side should immediately stop the unreasonable suppression of China's photovoltaic enterprises and release the seized solar panel components as fast as possible," he said.

In an email, Jinko said it is working with CBP on documentation proving its supplies are not linked to forced labor and is "confident the shipments will be admitted."

Longi and Trina did not respond to requests for comment.

The bottleneck is a challenge to U.S. solar development at a time the Biden administration is seeking to decarbonize the U.S. economy and implement the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), a new law that encourages clean energy technologies to combat climate change.

Solar installations in the United States slowed by 23% in the third quarter, and nearly 23 gigawatts of solar projects are delayed, largely due to an inability to obtain panels, according to the American Clean Power a*sociation trade group.

ACP urged the Biden administration to streamline the vetting process for imports.

"After more than four months of solar panels being reviewed under UFLPA, none have been rejected and instead they remain stuck in limbo with no end in sight," it said in a statement.

The UFLPA essentially presumes that all goods from Xinjiang are made with forced labor and requires producers to show sourcing documentation of imported equipment back to the raw material to prove otherwise before imports can be cleared.

CBP would not comment on the length of the detainments or say when they might be released or rejected. "Ultimately, it is contingent upon how quickly an importer is able to submit sufficient documentation," CBP spokesperson Rhonda Lawson said.

Longi, Trina and Jinko source most of their polysilicon from U.S. and European suppliers such as Hemlock Semiconductor, a Michigan-based joint venture between Corning Inc and Shin-Etsu Handotai Co Ltd, and Germany's Wacker Chemie, the industry sources said.

A Wacker spokesperson would not comment on the U.S. detainments but said the company sources quartzite from suppliers in Norway, Spain and France.

"Our procurement strategy gives us every reason to be confident that the products used in our supply chain are made in a manner that respects human rights," spokesperson Christof Bachmair said.

Hemlock said in a statement that it sources all metallurgical-grade silicon from suppliers using quartz mined in North and South America.

CBP has previously said that it had detained about 1,700 shipments worth $516.3 million under UFLPA through September but has never before detailed how many of those shipments contained solar equipment.

The EU has also proposed a ban on products from Xinjiang but has not implemented one.

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 3 months ago '20        #2
Xiox  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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There goes the skyrocketing price of solar, nowhere else to get those panels
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 3 months ago '22        #3
Jason Weaver  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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 Xiox said
There goes the skyrocketing price of solar, nowhere else to get those panels
So am I supposed to tear down my panels bc the US is now concerned about the labor practices of China?

I thought it was part of the deal. Otherwise why couldn't they make them here in the US
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 3 months ago '16        #4
Boogersugar  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x19
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Nike execs woke up sweating and have no idea why
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 3 months ago '05        #5
Dun Language  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x20
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Now the US is worried a out slavery?


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 3 months ago '20        #6
Xiox  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 Jason Weaver said
So am I supposed to tear down my panels bc the US is now concerned about the labor practices of China?

I thought it was part of the deal. Otherwise why couldn't they make them here in the US
Obama gave a company billions to build panels here & they wasted every dime
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 3 months ago '22        #7
Voodoopocalypse  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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Anytime U.S. government pretend to care about people a transfer of wealth hath occurred never forget pay attention same time


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 3 months ago '20        #8
Xiox  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 Dun Language said
Now the US is worried a out slavery?


You gotta luv how the man can create enemies out of nowhere , staged k*llings , staged gas attacks , invade countries & pretend to be the good guys
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 3 months ago '20        #9
Xiox  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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What will Sleepy Joe talk about with Xi when they meet today ?

 3 months ago '08        #10
Dj Real Talk 
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cobalt and lithium still getting let thru..
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 3 months ago '22        #11
ITookTheRedPill 
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They ain't stopping them iPhones from getting shipped in though.
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 3 months ago '05        #12
OG T Gutta N  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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sh*t , just was bout to put in an order for 107k in solar panels
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 3 months ago '11        #13
SteffDub 
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 Xiox said
Obama gave a company billions to build panels here & they wasted every dime
I used to work for a company named Suniva. They had a plant in Georgia producing the cells needed for panels then they came here to Michigan and opened a plant to a*semble the actual panels. The township gave them crazy tax breaks And other incentives to set up shop in the area they chose. These mfs didnít fulfill any of the things they promised to like a certain number of employees hired and the length of time they were supposed to operate at full work force capacity.

Iím convinced it was a social experiment man lol. Iíve worked production since 18 so I know the plant life and the things that went on in that place were nuts LOL. They ended up selling to a Chinese company that owns like 85% of Solar business or something like that. Doors didnít stay open much longer after that.


Blessing in disguise tho cus them taking business over seas qualified me for a program that paid 100% of my schooling and gave me gas reimbursement and all that. I didnít even Have to pay for a back pack out of pocket. Making very decent money now


So yea I can personally attest to them wasting government money in the solar department.
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 3 months ago '05        #14
OG T Gutta N  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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 20andAHalfAcreK said
Sure buddy, this isnít stopping anything because we have American brands
instead of being a fu*kin hater , ask and learn how to make some fu*kin money

if you knew anything you'd know american panels at 2x - 3x the price of chinas

dont gotta prove sh*t on bx

but here u go broke a*s lil boy





 3 months ago '21        #15
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 Boogersugar said
Nike execs woke up sweating and have no idea why

 3 months ago '05        #16
OG T Gutta N  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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 20andAHalfAcreK said
They make panels too & this one can power a home

thats not even a panel u dumb bi*ch , its a battery

and you dont need a battery for most systems especially with net metering

shut ur stupid a*s the fu*k up
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 3 months ago '22        #17
Jason Weaver  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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 Xiox said
Obama gave a company billions to build panels here & they wasted every dime
You mean the same hybrid who introduced the gig economy and now Gen Z thinks it's normal to work 3 or 4 jobs with no benefits to make ends meet.

That same guy. GTFOH
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 3 months ago '04        #18
xbossxplayax 
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aint everything from china made the same

 3 months ago '11        #19
Tony Franks  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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And folks won't even think for a moment "hey, why would we specifically block solar panels instead of the thousands of other products coming through from China?"

But most folks don't know about the f*ght going on against solar energy. THEY don't want you to be able to power your homes without THEM.
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 3 months ago '20        #20
Xiox  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 Jason Weaver said
You mean the same hybrid who introduced the gig economy and now Gen Z thinks it's normal to work 3 or 4 jobs with no benefits to make ends meet.

That same guy. GTFOH
Yes , it happens when you have way too many nerds on your team giving you bad advice

 3 months ago '20        #21
Xiox  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 SteffDub said
I used to work for a company named Suniva. They had a plant in Georgia producing the cells needed for panels then they came here to Michigan and opened a plant to a*semble the actual panels. The township gave them crazy tax breaks And other incentives to set up shop in the area they chose. These mfs didnít fulfill any of the things they promised to like a certain number of employees hired and the length of time they were supposed to operate at full work force capacity.

Iím convinced it was a social experiment man lol. Iíve worked production since 18 so I know the plant life and the things that went on in that place were nuts LOL. They ended up selling to a Chinese company that owns like 85% of Solar business or something like that. Doors didnít stay open much longer after that.


Blessing in disguise tho cus them taking business over seas qualified me for a program that paid 100% of my schooling and gave me gas reimbursement and all that. I didnít even Have to pay for a back pack out of pocket. Making very decent money now


So yea I can personally attest to them wasting government money in the solar department.
But will the government go after all these companies instead of blaming China ?

 3 months ago '20        #22
Xiox  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 ITookTheRedPill said
They ain't stopping them iPhones from getting shipped in though.
Wasn't Apple trying to shift production to cheaper pastures in Vietnam ?

 3 months ago '18        #23
TheLuminousOne  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x11
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America America
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 3 months ago '22        #24
Jason Weaver  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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 Xiox said
Yes , it happens when you have way too many nerds on your team giving you bad advice
It just proves all politicians ate the same even if they are progressive
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 3 months ago '20        #25
Xiox  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 Jason Weaver said
It just proves all politicians ate the same even if they are progressive
Outside forces & money can corrupt almost anyone. A lot of people go in with good intentions & lose themselves in the madness . Karen Bass wants to check out because of the chaos in Washington
https://youtu.be/kB-iOZjLemM



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