Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) Goes Into Effect on Chinese Silicon Companies in Xinjiang

PVTIME – the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) took effect in the US. under the law in June 21 2022. The US government assumes that anything made even partially in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China is produced with forced labor and can’t be imported unless companies can prove otherwise.

On June 13, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a 17-page document titled Importer Operational Guidelines for UFLPA, which provides general guidance for all commodities, as well as polysilicon, tomato, and cotton cloth from China, to be strictly scrutinized. It is estimated that nearly 50% of polysilicon in the world comes from Xinjiang region.

On June 17, the Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force (FLETF) under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released the UFLPA Entity List, among which Hoshine Silicon Industry (Shanshan), Xingjiang Daqo New Energy, Xingjiang East Hope Nonferrous Metal and Xinjiang GCL New Energy Material Technology, four silicon relevant companies and their subsidiaries in Xinjiang are involved.

Wang Wenbin, The Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, stated in the regular press conference on June 21, 2022, that the allegation of “forced labor” in Xinjiang is a huge lie made up by anti-China forces to denigrate China. It is the complete opposite of the reality Xinjiang, where cotton and other industries rely on large-scale mechanized production and the rights of workers of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang are duly protected.