No anti-dumping duties on imported solar cells
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.