India proposes duties on solar glass imports from Malaysia

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January 24 (Renewables Now) - India is considering imposing an anti-dumping duty of USD 114.58 (EUR 100.64) per tonne on imports of textured tempered coated and uncoated glass from Malaysia, it was announced last week.

The Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has issued the final findings following an investigation that determined that the domestic industry has “suffered material injury” from the dumping of those products during the injury period and the period of investigation. Its recommendation is to levy the duty for a five-year period. “This injury has been due to various factors including imports of tempered solar glass from Malaysia,” according to DGTR, which added that the injury was due to “price undercutting, price suppression and depression.”

The product under consideration is textured toughened/tempered glass with a minimum of 90.5% transmission, having thickness not exceeding 4.2 mm and where at least one dimension exceeds 1,500 mm, whether coated or not. The product is used in solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal applications and is also known as solar glass.

China’s  Xinyi Solar Holdings Ltd (HKG:00968) will be exempt from the duty, which will be imposed on other producers considered “non-cooperating.”

The investigation was launched in February 2018 in response to a complaint by domestic manufacturer Gujarat Borosil Ltd, which claimed it has suffered material injury from dumped imports, including financial losses, cash losses and negative return on investments. DGTR’s investigation covered a period between October 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017. The injury investigation period, meanwhile, included data from the previous three years, starting from April 2014.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.878)

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