June 5, 2023
News Release 23-049
Inv. No(s). 37-TA-1365
Contact: Elizabeth Nesbitt, 202-205-1819
USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Photovoltaic Connectors and Components Thereof

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) voted to institute an investigation of certain photovoltaic connectors and components thereof. The products at issue in the investigation are described in the Commission’s notice of investigation.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Shoals Technologies Group, LLC, of Portland, TN, on May 4, 2023, and supplemented on May 12, 2023. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain photovoltaic connectors and components thereof that infringe patents asserted by the complainant. The complainant requests that the USITC issue a permanent limited exclusion order and permanent cease and desist orders.  

The USITC has identified the following respondents in this investigation:

  • Hikam America, Inc., of Chula Vista, CA;
  • Hikam Electrónica de México, S.A. de C.V., of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico;
  • Hikam Tecnologia de Sinaloa, of Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico;
  • Hewtech Philippines Corp. of Laguna, Philippines; 
  • Hewtech Philippines Electronics Corp. of Bundagul Mabalacat, Pampanga, Philippines;
  • Hewtech (Shenzhen) Electronics Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen, China;
  • Voltage, LLC, of Chapel Hill, NC; and 
  • Ningbo Voltage Smart Production Co. of Ningbo, China.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1365), the USITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The USITC’s Chief Administrative Law Judge will assign the case to one of the USITC’s administrative law judges (ALJ), who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. The ALJ will make an initial determination as to whether there is a violation of section 337; that initial determination is subject to review by the Commission. 

The USITC will make a final determination in the investigation at the earliest practicable time. Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the USITC will set a target date for completing the investigation. USITC remedial orders in section 337 cases are effective when issued and become final 60 days after issuance unless disapproved for policy reasons by the U.S. Trade Representative within that 60-day period.

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