DGTR recommends continued imposition of safeguard duty on solar cells

The Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has recommended imposition of safeguard duty on solar cells for one more year to protect domestic manufacturers and discourage cheap imports.

DGTR has concluded that after a decline in imports in 2018-19 due to the imposition of safeguard duty on- solar cells whether or not assembled in modules or panels, imports have increased during April-September 2019 due to reduction in rate of the duty from July 30, 2019. The directorate has notified that there has been a significant increase in imports of the cells. Further, the directorate has recommended 14.9 per cent duty for the first six months from July 30, 2020 and 14.5 per cent from next six months.

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