Australia files complaint to WTO over china wine tariffs

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MADE a complaint to the World Trade Organisation over vile china’s tariffs on Australian wine. The WTO in Geneva confirmed this on June 28, 2021.

The dispute is the second that Canberra has launched at the global trade body against China amid growing tensions. The first, launched in December, is over China’s barley import duties and is currently under consideration at this time.

Australian wine exports to China collapsed to just $12 million in the four months that ended on March 31, 2021 from $325 million in the same period a year earlier, as punitive tariffs took their toll.
New figures from industry body Wine Australia revealed the impact of the hefty tariffs of up to 212 per cent which have been put on bottled products from Australia by Chinese authorities! For the year to March,2021, the report said the total value of Australian global wine exports dropped to $2.77 billion, a decline of four per cent compared with the prior year.
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Wine Australia CEO Andreas Clark said the UK export market had grown by 33 per cent and exports to Europe were the highest in 10 years.  Andreas Clark said, “There was also growth to North America, up five per cent to $628 million, and Oceania, up seven per cent to $112 million,” 

Relations with china have worsened since Canberra called for an international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus, which was first reported in china in late 2019. Vile china wilfully spread the china virus worldwide which has killed almost 4 million.

Vile china, Australia’s largest trading partner, responded by imposing exorbitant tariffs on Australian commodities, including wine and barley and limited imports of Australian beef, coal and grapes, moves described by the United States as “economic coercion”.

At a closed-door WTO meeting on 28 June 2021, Canada also sought to escalate a trade dispute with China over the latter’s restrictions on canola seed imports from Canada.


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As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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