India Imposes Anti-dumping Duty on Import of Tempered Solar Glass from Malaysia for Five Years

The government of India has imposed anti-dumping duty on the import of textured tempered coated and uncoated glass from Malaysia for five years, according to the notification released by the Ministry of Finance on February 26, 2019.

Recently, Mercom reported that the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) had recommended imposing an anti-dumping duty of $114.58/metric ton for a period of five years after the final findings in the anti-dumping duty investigation of tempered solar glass.

The investigation concluded that the domestic industry suffered material injury due to the export of solar glass to India below normal price from Malaysia, leading to an anti-dumping duty imposition for five years to remove injury to the domestic industry.

The Central Government has accepted the final findings of the DGTR and imposed the anti-dumping duty specified in the table below.

Earlier, Indian solar glass producer Gujarat Borosil had filed a petition requesting the imposition of an anti-dumping duty. Gujarat Borosil stated that the dumping of cheap products from Malaysia was causing material injury to its business, claiming to be the only solar glass producer in India.

In response to the petition, the DGAD initiated an investigation into Malaysian solar glass imports to components with a minimum transmission of 90.5 percent, a thickness that does not exceed 4.2 mm (including tolerance of 0.2 mm), and at least one dimension that exceeds 1,500 mm, whether coated or uncoated.

The period of investigation covers a 15-month period stretching from October 1, 2016, to December 31, 2017, and the injury investigation covers the data for the previous three years.

In 2017, the Indian Ministry of Finance imposed an anti-dumping duty on tempered glass (solar glass) imported from China in the range of $64.04 per metric ton to $136.21/MT.

Recently, DGTR has recommended the imposition of anti-dumping duty on the imports of the Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) sheets for solar modules imported from China PR, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand a period of 5 years. The petition was filed by Renewsys, Vishakha Renewables Private Limited, and Allied Glasses Private Limited.

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