India slaps anti-dumping duties on solar EVA sheets

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The DGTR — a unit of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry — has concluded that the imposition of a duty is required to offset the injury caused by imports of solar ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) sheets from China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Thailand. However, it terminated its investigation into South Korean manufacturers after determining that the volume of imports from the investigation was insignificant, according to India’s Ministry of Finance.

Notably, the DGTR initiated its investigation in response to Mumbai-based solar manufacturer RenewSys’ petition for anti-dumping duties to be applied to solar EVA sheet imports from East Asia.  The findings convinced the authorities to apply a tariff of $537 to $1,559/metric ton.

A tariff of $1,529/MT has been applied to products from Thailand, apart from those manufactured by a single manufacturer that was given a $1,141 rate.

All Malaysian imports face a $953/MT levy and four different rates were set for Chinese products. Hangzhou First Applied Material products face a $665/MT tariff, Changzhou Sveck PV New Material will see $590/MT added to its shipments, and Changzhou Bbetter Century Film Technologies will be hit with a tariff of $537/MT. All other Chinese suppliers of EVA sheets will face an $897 charge.

EVA sheets are a polymer-based component used in the production of PV modules. They are used to seal in solar cells by supplying adhesive and cushioning functions. The sheets are an essential component to keep glass, cells and backsheets integrated, while supporting modules throughout their service lifetimes.