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

  • 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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