On July 14, 2022, the U.S. Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) issued a request for a range of additional factual information in connection with the agency’s ongoing circumvention inquiries into solar cells and modules from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam that employ inputs from mainland China. The deadline to respond is July 21st.
In the July 14 memorandum, Commerce seeks information about the: (1) amount of investment necessary to construct and start-up certain facilities, (2) non-financial barriers (e.g., access to inputs, qualified technical employees, technologies, research and development, etc.) that companies typically face to establish and begin certain operations, and (3) research and development (“R&D”) expenses associated with conducting certain operations. These types of facilities/operations involved in:
- refining silicon into solar-grade polysilicon,
- producing ingots from solar-grade polysilicon,
- producing wafers from solar-grade ingots,
- producing solar cells from wafers,
- producing solar modules from solar cells, and
- the same operations and products as foreign producers and exporters responding to Commerce’s solar circumvention inquiries.