Australia announced on June 20 that it filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) concerning China’s imposition of antidumping duties on Australian wine imports.
According to Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, the move should pave the way for bilateral negotiations.
“We’ve seen duties of over 200% applied to Australian wine. We don’t believe that that is consistent with China’s obligations under the WTO. So that part of the process enables us to have that direct conversation,” she said.
During the fourth quarter of 2020, the value of Australian wine exports to China—the biggest export market for Australian wine—fell to US$9 million, compared to US$245 million from the same period a year earlier.