Basic Customs Duty

Is India on a delusional path to progress?

By Dr. Hitesh Doshi, Chairman and Managing Director, Waaree Group With the advent of the novel Coronavirus, the Indian economy is witnessing a major slowdown. While the nation is fighting the virus with all its might, businesses across sectors are reeling under the tremendous pressure of sustaining themselves. The ground reality of the Indian solar […]

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The BCD Calculus: Will It Deliver The Right Outcomes?

As expected, once it did arrive, India’s Basic Customs Duty (BCD) plan for solar cells and equipment has managed to create just the sort of furore that the government claims it seeks to avoid. After all, for once, this was a decision that was long in coming, with intent having been announced last year itself, […]

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BCD Announcement This Week? Speculation Reaches Fever Pitch, Again

A report in BusinessLine, quoting sources in the MNRE, has speculated on the possibility of Basic Customs Duty (BCD) on modules and solar cells finally being announced this week. Readers will recall that the announcement was widely expected in the Union Budget in February, but was conspicuously missing. The report quotes its sources as saying […]

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With SGD Extended by 1 Year, Manufacturer’s Eye BCD Announcement in August

Following the recommendations of the DGTR (Directorate General of Trade Remedies) last week, the government has formally notified the extension of the Safeguard Duty (SGD) by a year on Chinese origin solar equipment. The extension, till July 29, 2021, seeks to protect Indian manufacturers from alleged dumping by Chinese firms. Interestingly, there is no mention […]

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India Short Circuits Power Sector Imports, As China Shadow Looms

With material from China practically stuck at ports, ever since last week, when a border skirmish went out of control leading to fatalities on a hitherto ‘peaceful’ border, Power Minister R.K. Singh formally outlined a series of steps today, to combat the ‘risks’ of imports in the ‘strategic’ power sector. The measures, while stopping short […]

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BCD Status. Only Quantum The Issue

In what is now becoming the most common way to pick up views of the ministry, yet another Webinar, Amitesh Kumar Sinha, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has clarified yesterday that a decision will be taken on Basic Customs Duty, and soon. The issue is, in some way, a foregone […]

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