Import Of Solar Cells

The Designated Authority (Director General of Antidumping & Allied Duties) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry in its findings dated 22.5.2014 has stated inter alia that Imports of Solar Cells, Modules or Panels, Thin Films (hereinafter referred to as ‘subject goods’) from China PR, Chinese Taipei, Malaysia and USA (hereinafter referred to as ‘subject countries’) are at dumped prices and have caused material injury to the domestic industry. The Designated Authority has further stated in its findings that having established positive discarding margin as well as material injury to the domestic industry caused by such discarded imports, imposition of definitive anti-dumping duty is required to offset dumping and injury and accordingly recommended to the Government for imposition of definitive anti-dumping duties ranging from US$ 0.11 per watt to US$ 0.81 per watt on the imports of the subject goods from subject countries.

The above recommendations of the Designated Authority are under the deliberation of the Ministry of Finance, Government of India.

The other steps taken by the Government to protect the interest of the domestic manufacturers are:

(i) There is a provision of Domestic Content Requirement (DCR) stipulated in various schemes of JNNSM wherein solar power developer has to source cells and modules from domestic manufacturers;

(ii) Input raw-materials required for manufacturing of solar cells and modules are exempted from custom/excise duty.

The information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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