The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (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 PR, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Thailand. However, as the volume of imports from South Korea was insignificant during the period of investigation, the authority found it appropriate to terminate the investigation against South Korea.
This information was notified by India’s Ministry of Finance.
Notably, the DGTR had initiated investigation following Mumbai-based solar manufacturer RenewSys’ petition for anti-dumping (AD) duties to be applied to solar EVA sheet imports from east Asia. The findings convinced the authorities to apply a tariff of $537-1,559/metric ton.
The harshest penalty—$1,559/metric ton (MT)—has been applied to sheets supplied from any Saudi manufacturer other than Saudi Specialized Products, which will see a $1,338/MT rate added to its shipments.
A tariff of $1,529/MT has been added to Thai imports, apart from those manufactured by TPI all seasons, which secured a $1,141 rate.
All Malaysian imports face a $953/MT levy and four rates were set for Chinese products. Hangzhou First Applied Material products face a $665/MT penalty, Changzhou Sveck PV New Material will see $590/MT added to its shipments, Changzhou Bbetter Century Film Technologies will pay $537/MT and all other Chinese EVA sheets will shoulder an $897 charge.
EVA sheets are a polymer-based component used in the manufacturing of PV modules. They are used to seal in solar cells by supplying adhesive and cushioning functions. The sheets are one of the essential components that keep glass, cells and backsheets integrated and support modules mechanically during their service lifetime.