- Indian glass maker Gujarat Borosil has filed an anti-dumping investigation against textured tempered glass being imported into India from Malaysia
- It claims as the sole producer of such a product, it has suffered material injury from dumped imports
- Directorate General of Anti-Dumping & Allied Duties (DGAD) has accepted the petition and launched an investigation
- Period of investigation will be from October 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017. Injury investigation will cover previous 3 years
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Even before the anti-dumping investigation against imported solar cells and modules in India concludes, one more petition has been submitted. This time it is against imports of textured tempered glass from Malaysia. It relates to solar glass with a minimum of 90.5% transmission, a thickness not exceeding 4.2 mm and where at least one dimension exceeds 1,500 mm, whether coated or uncoated. This kind of glass is used in solar PV panels and solar thermal applications.
Gujarat Borosil Limited has filed the petition. It has been accepted and an investigation initiated by the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping & Allied Duties (DGAD). Gujarat Borosil has claimed it is the sole producer of such glass in India that this domestic ‘industry’ has suffered material injury from dumped imports. These imports have suppressed/depressed the domestic prices. DGAD says there is prima facie evidence that subject goods are being dumped into the Indian market by the exporters from Malaysia.
Previously, Gujarat Borosil was successful in getting passed Indian anti-dumping duties in the range of $64.04 to $136.21 per ton imposed on Chinese tempered glass used in solar panels (see India Anti-Dumping Duty On Chinese Solar Glass).
Mercom India Research says as per other domestic solar manufacturers, the Indian company has ‘essentially become a monopoly when it comes to solar glass manufacturing by filing petitions for anti-dumping investigations and blocking imports’.
The period of investigation will be from October 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017. Injury investigations will cover the previous 3 years.
In May 2017, the Indian government slapped anti-dumping duty of $55.59 per ton on clear float glass imported from Iran into India (see India Anti-Dumping Duty On Iran Glass).
Indian solar manufacturers have already initiated an anti-dumping petition against solar products from China, Taiwan and Malaysia (see Anti-Dumping Investigation Begins In India). In another case, the Directorate General of Safeguards has recommended imposing 70% safeguard duty on cells imported from China and Malaysia. The Madras High Court has stalled this report on the petition of Shapporji Pallonji Group as of now (see Call For Safeguard Duty Runs Into Legal Tangle).