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Indian Government Launches Anti-dumping Investigation Of Photovoltaic Module EVA Film
- Apr 17, 2018 -

Indian government launches anti-dumping investigation of photovoltaic module EVA film

      RenewSys, India's largest ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) film producer, submitted a petition to the Indian Agency for Anti-Dumping and Related Responsibility (DGAD) to request ethylene vinyl acetate for solar modules from Yingkou, China, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand. EVA sheets are subject to anti-dumping duties.


                               Indian government launches anti-dumping investigation of photovoltaic module EVA film

      RenewSys stated that it supports the application for anti-dumping duties filed in the letters of Vishakha Renewables Pvt Ltd and Allied Glasses Pvt Ltd in India, and stated that there is sufficient evidence that EVA plates imported from the above countries are dumped into the Indian market, causing “to the domestic market” Substantial damage."

      DGAD also subsequently stated that the "damage" of imported products from the above countries to the domestic industry has enough evidence to prove that the initiation of anti-dumping investigations is compliant.

      EVA is a polymer-based component with adhesive and buffering capabilities for solar photovoltaic cell packaging. It is one of the key components that keep the glass, the cell sheet and the back/back glass integrated, and mechanically supports the module during its lifetime.

      Through this new investigation, the solar trade conflict in India shows no sign of slowing down. Recently, the Indian Solar Energy Manufacturers Association (ISMA) announced that it is planning to conduct new anti-dumping investigations on imported solar modules, and then withdrew its previous petition because “exporting countries are undergoing more active dumping”.

      At the same time, the investigation of safeguard responsibilities is still in progress, and so is India and the United States. Recent actions have formed a compliance agency to verify India's compliance with the World Trade Organization ruling. In addition, there is an anti-dumping investigation against solar glass from Malaysia submitted by Borosil Corporation of Gujarat.

      However, the latest clarification of solar cell modules by the Indian Ministry of Finance has brought some relief to the solar market in India, especially for solar developers: Import modules with bypass diodes have been exempt from paying customs duties, as described in the 8541 classification.