CBIC continues the levy of Safeguard duty on imports of ‘Solar Cells whether or not assembled in modules or panels’ for a period of one year , in pursuance of final findings of review investigations issued by DGTR vide Notification No. 02/2020-Customs (SG) dated 29th July, 2020.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE)

Notification No. 02/2020-Customs (SG)

New Delhi, the 29th July, 2020

G.S.R. 471(E). – Whereas, the designated authority, vide notification No. 22/1/2020-DGTR, dated the 3rd March 2020, published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part I, Section 1, dated the 4th March, 2020, had initiated a review, in the matter of continuation of safeguard duty on imports of “Solar Cells whether or not assembled in modules or panels” (hereinafter referred to as the subject goods) falling under tariff items 8541 40 11 or 8541 40 12 of the First Schedule to the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 (51 of 1975), (hereinafter referred to as the Customs Tariff Act) , imposed vide notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue) No. 01/2018- Customs (SG) dated the 30th July, 2018, published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (i) vide number G.S.R. 717 (E), dated the 30th July, 2018;

And whereas, in the matter of review of safeguard duty on imports of the subject goods, the designated authority in its final findings, published vide notification No. 22/1/2020 – DGTR, dated the 18th July, 2020, in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part I, Section 1, dated the 18th July, 2020 has recommended continued imposition of the safeguard duty on imports of the subject goods, in order to remove injury to the domestic industry.

Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-sections (1) and (4) of section 8B of the Customs Tariff Act read with rules 12, 14, 17 and 18 of the Customs Tariff (Identification and Assessment of Safeguard Duty) Rules, 1997, after considering the said findings of the designated authority and subject to the provisions of paragraph 2, hereby imposes on subject goods falling under tariff items 8541 40 11 or 8541 40 12 of the First Schedule to the Customs Tariff Act, when imported into India, a safeguard duty at the following rate, namely:-

(a) fourteenpoint nine per ad valorem minus anti-dumping duty payable, if any, when imported during the period from 30th July, 2020 to 29th January, 2021 (both days inclusive); and

(b) fourteenpoint five per ad valorem minus anti-dumping duty payable, if any, when imported during the period from 30th January, 2021 to 29th July, 2021 (both days inclusive).

2. Nothing contained in this notification shall apply to imports of subject goods from countriesnotifiedas developing countries vide notification No. 19/2016-Customs (N.T.), dated the 5th February, 2016, except People’s Republic of China, Thailand and Vietnam.

[F.No.354/31/2018-TRU (pt.3)]

(J.S.Kandhari)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

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