The U.S. Senate passed legislation that would ban imports from China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region due to the presumption that forced labor was involved in the supply chain.
It passed both chambers this week without objection and President Biden is expected to sign it.
The bill includes a “rebuttable presumption” that all goods from Xinjiang were made with forced labor. If it becomes law, the measure would greatly impact tech and solar companies which import silicon. Up to 40-percent of the world’s supply of silicon reportedly comes from China’s Xinjiang province.
The bill states that “The Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection shall… apply a presumption that, with respect to any goods, wares, articles, and merchandise mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China or produced by an entity… such goods, wares, articles, and merchandise are not entitled to entry at any of the ports of the United States.”