Solar imports

US Solar Developers Warn Of Threat to Solar From Import Duties

A strong pushback has started in the US, on the threat of import duties from countries in South East Asia, especially Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand. A letter on behalf of 190 companies, primarily developers, contractors and financiers warns that punitive duties, if applied, would risk jeopardising almost 18 GW of Solar projects in the US, […]

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In Boost to US, WTO Rules Against China On Solar Tariffs Dispute

The World Trade Organization (WTO) on Thursday ruled in favor of the United States in a dispute with China over tariffs on solar panels that were imposed by the previous American administration on imports from China. The tariffs had been slapped on in January 2018 by the Trump administration, setting off a chain of events that continues […]

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Domestic Solar Manufacturers Collateral Damage In Tussle Between Govt And SC

The ongoing tussle between the union government and the Supreme Court, where the apex court has repeatedly expressed its displeasure at the slow pace of filling of vacancies in courts, and lately in tribunals too, has come back to hurt solar manufacturers. Of course, for the sector as a whole, this is not the first […]

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40% on Modules & 25% on Cells, MNRE to Impose BCD From April 1, 2022

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has finally finalised the new Basic Customs Duty (BCD) on solar PV cells and modules. As per an office memorandum, the Ministry is going to impose a 25 percent BCD on solar PV cells and 40 percent duty on solar modules without grandfathering of bid-out projects. However, […]

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India Pledges to Tighten up Solar Equipment Imports Soon : RK Singh

India will soon tighten provisions for imports of solar equipment in order to encourage more domestic manufacturing, RK Singh has said. India will soon tighten provisions for imports of solar equipment in order to encourage more domestic manufacturing even as power demand post the covid outbreak has rebounded, RK Singh, Minister for New and Renewable […]

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BCD on Chinese Imports to be Delayed by 2-3 Weeks: MNRE

The basic customs duty (BCD) on solar imports from China, which was supposed to be implemented from August 1, 2020, will be delayed by 2-3 weeks. The basic customs duty (BCD) on solar imports from China, which was supposed to be implemented from August 1, will be delayed for another two to three weeks, per […]

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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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With Focus On Chinese Imports, Familiar Tussle Returns For Solar Sector

Imports in the solar sector, where Chinese origin equipment is said to account for anything between 78 percent to 85 percent of equipment used, are back in focus. Reports quoting sources say that the government has sought product-wise details of cheap imports, comparison with domestic prices and tax disadvantage, if any, from industry to curb […]

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Taiwan Talks ‘India SGD’ with WTO

The global trade body has affirmed that the subject matter put up by Taiwan does not fall under its dispute settlement system. After India has imposed a safeguard duty on solar imports from China and Malaysia, Taiwan is second in row after Malaysia to seek consultations under World Trade Organization’s Safeguard Agreement. However, the global […]

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