Solar Industry Takes Hit After Forced Labor Crackdown

Flow of solar imports into the U.S. at near standstill, raising costs as a result of shrunken supply
An aerial view shows the photovoltaic (PV) solar panels making up the Great Wilbraham Solar Park, near Fulbourn, east of Cambridge in Eastern England on January 13, 2023. - The 38.1 Megawatt site produces enough renewable energy to power 11,473 households. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Thousands of Chinese imports that were made using forced slave labor have been seized after they were found to violate the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.  
  • In the months after the forced labor law targeting Chinese manufacturers went into effect last June, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials have seized about $1.3 billion in imports.
  • The majority of detained imports were solar panels, with cotton, tomatoes, and other imports included as well. 

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