India launches anti-dumping probe for solar cells from China, Thailand and Vietnam


Following an application made by domestic manufacturers, the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) under the commerce ministry has initiated an anti-dumping probe into the solar cells, whether or not assembled into modules or panels, coming from China, Thailand and Vietnam

The application was filed by Mundra Solar PV, Jupiter Solar Power and Jupiter International, through the Indian Solar Manufacturers Association (ISMA).

In the application, the domestic manufacturers sought the imposition of anti-dumping duty to protect them from the material injury caused due to such imports at unfairly low price levels.

Having examined the application, the DGTR found prima facie evidence that the normal value of the solar cells in each of the three exporting countries exceeded the net export prices significantly, indicating dumping of these products into India.

The applicants submitted that due to this price undercutting, they were not able to sell in the open market (installations in the private domain). During the 18-month period of investigation (July 2019 to December 2020), their sales volume was negligible in the open market in which the imported goods compete with them. And this left them with unutilized capacity even after making sales under the Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) scheme [that mandates use of domestically-made equipment for 12 GW of solar projects to be set up by state-run power generators].

Based on the submitted evidence, the DGTR announced the launch of an investigation to determine the existence, degree, and effect of any alleged dumping of solar cells from China, Thailand, and Taiwan and to recommend the amount of anti-dumping duty, which, if levied, would be adequate to remove the injury to the domestic industry.

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