REGULATION | Staff Reporter, India

India eyes duty on solar glass imports from Malaysia

The duty will be imposed for five years at an amount of $114.58.

India’s Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) proposed a duty on textured, tempered, coated or uncoated solar glass from Malaysia after domestic glass producer Gujarat Borosil Limited made an application for an anti-dumping duty to the agency.

Documents from DGTR showed that the anti-dumping duty on imports of solar glass from Malaysia will be imposed for five years at an amount of $114.58.

Gujarat Borosil Limited filed a request for an anti-dumping duty, claiming that the dumping of Malaysian products was causing material injury to its business.

As a response, imports of tempered glass with a minimum transmission of 90.5%, thickness not more than 4.2mm (including tolerance of 0.2 mm), and at least one dimension that exceeds 1,500mm, whether coated or uncoated were investigated. The probe, which lasted 15 months, covered data from 2014 onwards.

The DGTR did not find evidence of dumping and evaluated one company’s exports as non-dumped. It has only proposed to impose duties on the residual category of producers/exporters of subject goods from Malaysia.

However, it noted that there has been material injury to the domestic industry during the period of investigation and the injury period.

“The domestic industry has suffered material injury on account of price suppression and undercutting by imports from subject country. The financial parameters on profitability and Return on Investment are also noted to be adverse,” DGTR added.

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