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Richard Mojica Discusses the Impact of Import Action on U.S. Solar Companies in PV Magazine

"Import Action Ratchets Up Risks for U.S. Solar Companies"

PV Magazine

Richard Mojica, Member at Miller & Chevalier Chartered, commented on the action taken by the Biden administration which included a "Withhold Release Order" (WRO) by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) against Hoshine Silicon Industry Co. Ltd, a company located in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The WRO challenges U.S. importers to prove to CBP that imported goods do not contain silica-based products from Hoshine or its subsidiaries. "It's incredibly hard to prove a negative," especially if an importer operates with something less than a vertically integrated supply chain, Mojica said, adding that the CBP may undertake a survey of companies to get a better sense of the solar industry's supply chain, and may use data analytics to determine which products are subject to the WRO.