March 6 (Renewables Now) - India’s Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has started an investigation that will determine whether the safeguard duties on solar cell and module imports will be extended for up to four years.
India imposed tariffs on imports of solar photovoltaic (PV) equipment from China and Malaysia in 2018. Initially set at 25%, the duty was reduced to 20% in July 2019, and then to 15% on January 30, 2020. It will remain in place until the end of July, 2020.
Local firms Mundra Solar PV, Jupiter Solar Power, Jupiter International, have filed, through the Indian Solar Manufacturers Association (ISMA), an application for review and extension of the duties for four years. They claim that such measures are needed to protect domestic PV producers from “serious injury or threat of serious injury” caused by an increase in imports. In response to that application, the DGTR said on Monday it is launching an investigation covering the period from April 2016 through September 2019.