Deadline passes for anti dumping responses

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The secretary responsible for anti dumping issues at India’s Ministry of Commerce was unavailable for comment today as a reported deadline passed for interested parties to comment on a ministry finding panels were dumped in the country.

News agency Bloomberg reported on Tuesday it had obtained a document signed by ministry director DP Mohapatra which stated the government department had found evidence solar panels from China, Taiwan, Malaysia and the U.S. had been dumped at prices below fair value in the country, harming domestic manufacturers.

The Bloomberg report said interested parties were given until today to respond to the findings with the ministry reportedly bound to reach an agreement on whether to recommend the imposition of anti dumping duties on such panels – which could be backdated – by Thursday.

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pv magazine was today told Shri JS Deepak, the person responsible for anti dumping issues according to a document on the Ministry of Commerce website, was unavailable for comment.

The anti dumping investigation was launched in November 2012 at the behest of India’s Solar Manufacturers’ Association, on behalf of domestic companies Indosolar, Jupiter Solar Power and Websol Energy System, and examined the industry throughout 2012 and the first half of last year.

After the opening of the case, Indian manufacturers were reported as seeking anti dumping duties of, variously, 15% up to 200%.

The U.S. – whose manufacturers enjoyed a large slice of the Indian solar market before the second phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission extended its requirement panels and cells be manufactured in India to include thin film technology – responded by challenging the country’s domestic content requirement at the World Trade Organization in February 2013.