India’s Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has recommended anti-dumping duties of up to USD 1,559 (EUR 1,373) per tonne on imports of EVA sheets for solar modules coming from China and three other countries.
The recommendation was made last week following an investigation launched in April 2018 into imports of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) sheets prompted by complaints by Indian manufacturers.
RenewSys, a Mumbai-based solar manufacturer filed petition for anti-dumping (AD) duties to be applied to solar ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) sheets imported to India from east Asia. An investigation by the Directorate General of Trade Remedies(DGTR) – a unit of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry – found the imposition of a duty was required to offset injury caused by EVA sheet imports from China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Thailand.
However, having found imports from South Korea mostly comprised EVA resins – a raw material for EVA sheets – the DGTR excluded Korean products from the list of imports affected. The duty will be imposed for five years from the date of notification of the decision which will be issued by the government.
What is EVA sheet?
EVA sheets are a polymer-based component used in the manufacturing of PV modules. They are used to seal in solar cells by supplying adhesive and cushioning functions. The sheets are one of the essential components that keep glass, cells and backsheets integrated and support modules mechanically during their service lifetime.
In the investigation, the DGTR reported,
“Solar EVA sheets produced by the domestic industry and those imported from the subject countries are comparable in terms of physical and chemical characteristics; manufacturing process and technology; functions and uses; product specifications; pricing; distribution and marketing; and tariff classification of the goods … The two can technically and commercially be substituted.”
RenewSys also said,
“the claim of the interested parties (importers, developers and others) regarding demand-supply gap in the country is completely baseless. The total demand of the subject goods in India is 10,396 MT while the petitioner alone has a capacity of 6,267 MT. Further, the other Indian producers – Vishakha Renewable, Allied Glass and Brij Foot Care – have capacities of 6,267 MT, 3,133 MT and 1,050 MT, respectively. In addition to that, another domestic producer Lucent Clean Energy has begun its operations in December 2017. Clearly, Indian producers have the capacity to meet the total demand in the country.”
Source: Renewables Now
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