India launches anti-dumping probe on solar panels from Việt Nam

May, 21/2021 - 09:00

The Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry has launched an anti-dumping probe into solar cells originating from China, Thailand, and Việt Nam, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).

 

Workers install solar panels on rooftop of the Đuống River Surface Water Plant. — VNA/VNS Photo Phan Tuấn Anh

HÀ NỘI — The Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry has launched an anti-dumping probe into solar cells originating from China, Thailand, and Việt Nam, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).

An application for the probe was filed by Mundra Solar PV, Jupiter Solar Power, and Jupiter International, through the Indian Solar Manufacturers Association (ISMA). They claimed the panels from the three countries are sold at unfairly low prices, causing damage to domestic manufacturers.

The period under investigation is from July 2019 to December 2020, on solar panels coded 8541.40.11 and 8541.10.12.

The Indian ministry said the prices of solar panels from China, Thailand and Việt Nam exceed net export prices significantly, indicating the dumping of these products in India.

Producers and exporters should contact the Indian ministry to register their participation in the probe and receive a questionnaire within 30 days of the probe being announced.

Businesses can ask the Indian ministry to extend the time to hand in the questionnaire.

Due to COVID-19, all information relating to the case should be sent by email to adg11-dgtr@gov.in, adv13-dgtr@gov.in, jd13-dgtr@gov.in, and dd17-dgtr@gov.in.

The MoIT has recommended Vietnamese producers and exporters complete the questionnaire in a timely manner, stay updated on all relevant information and consider engaging legal counsel or consultants with experience in anti-dumping cases in India.

Producers were also directed to work with their Indian partners and the MoIT to receive timely support.

Any lack of co-operation may lead to the Indian side deciding to levy the anti-dumping duties requested by the petitioners, the MoIT said.

Vietnamese products will have less of a competitive edge and may lose part or all of their market share in India if high anti-dumping duties are imposed. — VNS

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