DGTR probes import of solar cells from China, Thailand, Vietnam

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To safeguard the domestic players against cheap imports, the Directorate-General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has initiated an anti-dumping investigation into the import of solar cells from China, Thailand and Vietnam. The notice issued said that prima facie evidence of dumping was found against the aforementioned product from these countries, leading to injury to the domestic industry. Low module prices have played a major role in bringing solar tariffs down to the current low of Rs 1.99/unit, but it has kept the domestic solar sector relied on imports and local manufacturers have found it difficult to sell their products. To boost domestic manufacturing, the Centre had imposed a 25 per cent safeguard duty on solar imports from China and Malaysia in July 2018 for two years, which was extended to July 2021 at a rate of 15 per cent, as per a report.