India mulls anti-dumping duty on Malaysian solar glass

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From pv magazine India.

The Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR), part of India’s Ministry of Commerce & Industry, recommended the duty on ‘textured, tempered – coated or uncoated – solar glass’ imported from Malaysia after Borosil Glass, the only domestic producer of solar glass, filed an application with the government body for the imposition of anti-dumping duty.

In 2017, tempered glass from China attracted an anti-dumping duty in the range of $64.04-136.21 per metric tonne, after a similar petition was filed by Borosil.

Solar glass is a component in PV panels and solar thermal applications.

“The authority recommends imposition of definitive anti-dumping duty on the [solar glass] imports [from Malaysia] for five years,” the DGTR said in a notification after an investigation.

The final decision to impose the duty will be taken by the Finance Ministry.

The DGTR, on the basis of evidence submitted by Borosil, investigated to determine the impact of alleged dumping of Malaysian solar glass, and to recommend anti-dumping duty to remove the alleged injury to domestic manufacturers.

The DGTR found solar glass produced in India was comparable to that imported from Malaysia in terms of physical characteristics; production technology and manufacturing process; functions and uses; product specifications; distribution; and marketing. The two could be substituted technically and commercially, concluded investigators.