Significant jump in import of solar cells, modules: Goyal

Significant jump in import of solar cells, modules: Goyal

There has been a significant increase in imports of solar cells and modules, with in-bound shipments surging over three times to Rs 15,523 crore in 2015-16 from Rs 5,051 crore in 2014-15, New and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal informed the Parliament on Monday.

“Manufacturers from the US, China and other countries are supplying solar cells and modules in India and in some cases, the price is much lower than what is being offered by domestic manufacturers,” Goyal told Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

The import of solar modules and cell in April stood at Rs 936 crore as compared to Rs 4,317 crore in 2013-14.

Because of international competition, the domestic manufacturers are impacted, he added. “Indian manufacturers gave in writing that they are not interested in continuing with the anti-dumping petition,” the minister said in response to a question on the government not imposing anti-dumping duty on such countries.

Director General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) had recommended imposition of anti-dumping duty on imports of solar cells and modules from China, Chinese Taipei, Malaysia and the US in May 2014.

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