Status of Solar Glass and Back Sheets after Safeguard Duty

The office of Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) has fixed June 11, 2018, as the date of oral hearing for the ongoing solar glass import case from Malaysia.

Additional secretary Sunil Kumar has been made the designated authority to hold the oral hearing.

The announcement of the date of oral hearing comes two months after the DGAD extended the deadline for the stakeholders to submit responses in the ongoing solar glass import.

Quick recap of the case

In February 2018, Mercom reported that Malaysia had landed on DGAD’s radar for its exports of textured tempered glass (solar glass), whether coated or uncoated, to India.

Malaysia landed on DGAD’s radar after Indian solar glass producer Gujarat Borosil filed a petition requesting the imposition of an anti-dumping duty. Gujarat Borosil claimed that the dumping of cheap products from Malaysia was causing material injury to its business, which it says is the only solar glass producing business in India.

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

In its response to the petition, DGAD agreed that there was enough evidence to support Gujarat Borosil’s claim that solar glass was being dumped in the Indian market from Malaysia, potentially causing material injury to Indian company.

DGAD also agreed that there was evidence of a causal link between the alleged dumping and injury to the petitioner, which led them to initiate the anti-dumping investigation.

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

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Saumy Prateek Saumy is a senior staff reporter with MercomIndia.com covering business and energy news since 2016. Prior to Mercom, Saumy was a copy editor at Thomson Reuters. Saumy earned his Bachelors Degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from the Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University. More articles from Saumy Prateek.