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Past shots at Chinese solar imports have misfired. A new duty regime could hurt Make in India.

The current safeguard duty on solar-module imports has failed to cheer domestic manufacturing or cut reliance on China. The proposed customs duty is unlikely to help either. Solar panels and cells made in SEZs, which account for half of the domestic production, will become costly, and, therefore, uncompetitive against cheap imports.
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6 Jul 2020 7 Mins Read 3 comments
Workers with the Ladakh Renewable Energy Development Agency repair a solar thermal dish at a school in Choglamsar, Ladakh. Getty Images
Workers with the Ladakh Renewable Energy Development Agency repair a solar thermal dish at a school in Choglamsar, Ladakh.
India is taking its trade offensive against China beyond mobile apps and highway contracts. To curb imports from China, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has proposed to levy 20%-25% basic customs duty on solar panels. This will progressively go up to 40%. For solar cells the duty will be 15%. Will this heavy-duty
been celebrating the lowering of tariff. Optically, it is the biggest thing that catches the eye rather than whether our solar projects are being made in tune with the Make in India programme.” It’s about time India looked at long-term measures to give its domestic solar-equipment manufacturing more legroom to grow. ( Graphic by Mohammad Arshad)
India is taking its trade offensive against China beyond mobile apps and highway contracts. To curb imports from China, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has proposed to levy 20%-25% basic customs duty on solar panels. This will progressively go up to 40%. For solar cells the duty will be 15%. Will this heavy-duty been celebrating the lowering of tariff. Optically, it is the biggest thing that catches the eye rather than whether our solar projects are being made in tune with the Make in India programme.” It’s about time India looked at long-term measures to give its domestic solar-equipment manufacturing more legroom to grow. ( Graphic by Mohammad Arshad)

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