June 1 (Renewables Now) - The Indian government has decided not to impose a provisional safeguard duty on solar cell imports into India coming from China and Malaysia, overruling a recommendation for a 70% tariff, the Economic Times reports.
The recommendation was made by the Directorate General of Safeguards, Customs and Central Excise, which called for immediate actions at the start of 2018 in order to prevent further injury to the domestic solar industry, recommending a 200-day period for the duties.
The Delhi High Court has disposed of a petition against the proposed duty following a government counsel statement that the recommendation did not have a binding character. The decision not to levy duties for now was confirmed by Anand Kumar, secretary at India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. According to the report, the court ruling “would not foreclose the right of the petitioner to challenge any adverse order in accordance with the law.”
The safeguard duty recommendation comes in response to an application by the Indian Solar Manufacturers Association (ISMA) on behalf of five Indian PV makers that collectively produce more than 50% of all Indian-made solar cells. The petition against it was filed by Acme Solar on concerns that such levies would cripple the business.