India imposes antidumping duty on tempered glass from China

Textured toughened (tempered) glass used in solar photovoltaic and thermal products originating in or exported from China will be subject to antidumping duties in India for the next five years.

According to a government notification, the duty was imposed on solar glass with a minimum of 90.5 % transmission, having a thickness not exceeding 4.2 mm (including tolerance of 0.2 mm) and where at least one dimension exceeds 1,500 mm, whether coated or uncoated.

Furthermore, the notification specifies that tempered glass made by Xinyi PV Products (Anhui) Holding Ltd and exported by Xinyi Solar (Hongkong) Ltd will be subject to the lowest anti-dumping tariff of $ 52.85 per metric ton. Three other Chinese producers were hit with duties between $ 64.04 and $ 97.63 per metric ton, while all others face the highest duty of $136.21 per metric ton.

The ruling follows the recommendation made by the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping & Allied Duties (DGAD) on June 20, 2017 and the final tariffs imposed by the Ministry of Finance were the same as those recommenced by DGAD. The petition seeking antidumping was filed by Gujarat Borosil Limited, India’s sole solar glass manufacturer.

Originally in its investigation, the DGAD found that there was no material difference in solar glass exported from China and the same product produced by the Indian industry and that the two are technically and commercially substitutable. However, it also concluded that the dumped imports of solar glass from China had increased significantly throughout the investigation period in absolute terms.

When it came to the price effect on account of imports of solar glass from China, the DGAD’s comparison of the landed values with the non-injurious prices of the domestic industry revealed significant price underselling, reports Mercom Capital.

With regard to consequent impact of the dumped imports on the domestic industry, DGAD concluded that the domestic industry suffered material injury during the period of investigation based on the facts that solar glass exported to India from China was below its associated normal value.

Previously in July, the DGAD launched an anti-dumping investigation on solar imports from China, Taiwan and Malaysia, following an anti-dumping petition filed by the Indian Solar Manufacturers Association