India probes solar glass imports from Malaysia

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India is launching an anti-dumping investigation into imports of solar glass from Malaysia, in response to a complaint by domestic manufacturer Gujarat Borosil Ltd, the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping & Allied Duties said Monday.

Gujarat Borosil, the only company in India producing solar glass, claims it has suffered material injury from dumped imports, including financial losses, cash losses and negative return on investments.

The product under consideration is textured toughened/tempered glass with a minimum of 90.5% transmission, having thickness not exceeding 4.2 mmand where at least one dimension exceeds 1,500 mm, whether coated or uncoated. The product, used in solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal applications, is also known as solar glass, low-iron solar glass, high transmission PV glass, tempered low-iron patterned solar glass, etc.

“There is sufficient prima facie evidence that the normal value of the subject goods in the subject country is significantly higher than the ex-factory export price, indicating, prima facie, that the subject goods are being dumped into the Indian market by the exporters from the subject country [Malaysia],” the official statement says.

The probe aims to determine the existence, degree and impact of alleged dumping and to recommend an anti-dumping duty, which if levied, would cure the ‘injury’ to the Indian industry. The period of investigation will be October 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017. The injury investigation period will also include data from the previous three years, starting from April 2014.

 

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