No anti-dump­ing du­ties on im­ported so­lar cells

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THE UNION fi­nance min­istry has de­cided not to im­pose an­tidump­ing du­ties on im­ported so­lar cells and mod­ules de­spite an ear­lier rec­om­men­da­tion of the com­merce min­istry to do so. In May this year, the Direc­torate Gen­eral of Anti-Dump­ing & Al­lied Du­ties of the depart­ment of com­merce pre­sented its find­ings on the an­tidump­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­cern­ing im­ports of so­lar cells from Malaysia, China, Chi­nese Taipei and the US. After an in­ves­ti­ga­tion stretch­ing over 18 months, the direc­torate rec­om­mended im­pos­ing a duty of US $0.11 to US $0.81 per Watt on cells to help do­mes­tic man­u­fac­tur­ers com­pete with cheap im­ports. The fi­nance min­istry was sup­posed to is­sue a no­ti­fi­ca­tion within three months after the rec­om­men­da­tions. The dead­line ended on Au­gust 22. Since no no­ti­fi­ca­tion was is­sued by the fi­nance min­istry, im­pos­ing an­tidump­ing du­ties on so­lar equip­ment im­ports is now ruled out.

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