Solar panel imports to face 20-25% customs obligation from August

Jun 26, 2020 10:03 AM ET
  • The levy on modules will certainly then virtually dual to 40% within a year as well as cells will certainly see a comparable increase, from an initial rate of 15%.
Solar panel imports to face 20-25% customs obligation from August
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The Economic Times newspaper has actually reported the Indian federal government is thinking about levying a fundamental customs duty of 20-25% on imported solar panels from August with the tax obligation to rise to 40% within a year.

Solar cells would certainly draw in 15% customs task from August, the Times reported, estimating priest for brand-new and also renewable energy RK Singh, with that said number to rise to 30%.

Solar cells as well as modules-- the majority of which are imported from China-- are exempted from basic custom-mades responsibility at present but draw in a 15% 'securing duty' until July. China represented near 80% ($ 1,694.04 million) of India's cell as well as module imports in 2015, totaling up to $1.69 billion of $2.16 billion worth of imported solar products.

Minister Singh apparently stated all imported goods will certainly have to be tested in Indian research laboratories to ensure they stick to neighborhood standards as well as to be looked for the presence of malware.


The moves come with a time of raised tensions between the two countries after a highly-publicized current border clash between soldiers.

Pointing out power as a calculated sector, Minister Singh has actually formerly stated in a press statement: "Everything, including interaction, information solutions, health services, logistics, protection production etc. depends upon [the] power market. Consequently, there is a demand to lower dependency on [imports] in the power market to shield the safety and security and safety of our country."

Financing available from the Power Finance Corporation, Rural Electrification Corporation and Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency will be structured such that reduced rates of interest will be supplied to programmers which use Indian-made equipment.

The preacher additionally repeated an accepted list of versions and also producers for solar jobs would be made efficient from October 1. "This will certainly guarantee that all solar power projects which are bid out according to the common bidding guidelines, will be required to procure solar cells and solar modules and various other equipment from suppliers figuring in the approved list," the preacher stated.