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India slaps anti-dumping duties on solar EVA sheet imports

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April 2 (Renewables Now) - The Indian government has decided to impose anti-dumping duties of up to USD 1,559 (EUR 1,391) per tonne on imports of EVA sheets for solar modules coming from China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Thailand.

The announcement was made on Friday after The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGTR), a unit of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, found out that the duty is needed to offset dumping and injury caused by imports of solar ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) sheets from the four countries. The duties will be imposed for five years, with South Korea not to be affected as the volumes imported from that country were found to be insignificant.

Country Producer Proposed duty (in USD/tonne)
China M/s Changzhou Bbetter Century film Technologies Co Ltd 537
China M/s Hangzhou First Applied Material Co Ltd. / M/s Suzhou First PV Material Co Ltd 665
China M/s Changzhou Sveck PV New Material Co Ltd 590
China Any 897
S Arabia M/s Saudi Specialized Products Company 1,338
S Arabia Any 1,559 
Thailand M/s TPI all seasons Co Ltd 1,141 
Thailand Any 1,529
Malaysia Any 953

DGTR launched an investigation into imports of EVA sheets in April 2018 following a petition by Indian manufacturers RenewSys, Vishakha Renewables Pvt Ltd and Allied Glasses Pvt Ltd and in February 2019 recommended the imposition of anti-dumping duties to curb unfair trade practices and promote fair competition on the domestic market. The investigation covered the period between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.892)

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