CHINA September 2020
 
China now targeting Australian wines in its anti-dumping investigation
 
The ongoing disputes between Australia and Chinese government over the cause of the pandemic has spread into trade, with China's Commerce Ministry recently launching an anti-dumping investigation on some wine imports from Australia. The ministry said the investigation will be done on wine ‘packed into containers of 2 litres or less’.
China accuses Australia of flooding the country with cheap wine in an effort to skew the market. China is Australia’s largest importer of wine.
According to Australia’s Trade Minister, Simon Birmingham, “Australian wine is highly sought after in China because of its quality. It is not sold at below market prices and exports are not subsidised.”
Australia hopes to fully engage with the Chinese to strongly defend itself against the ‘unsubstantiated’ claims. More than a third of Australian wine valued at A$1.07 billion (US$780 million) reached mainland China shores during the year 2019 – 2020.
In its latest development, Australian wine producers are now fearful of a huge tariff hike, as China Alcoholic Drinks Association, which requested the Commerce Ministry to launch the investigation, is now seeking a 200% tariff on Australian wines.
 
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