Proposed removal of tariffs on Australian wine imports into China

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has released an interim determination outlining a proposed removal of tariffs on Australian bottled wine imports into China.

While it is not a full determination — and stakeholders can still submit comments — a final decision is expected later this month.

It comes after Australia reached an agreement with China in October to work towards removing the duties China placed on Australian wine in 2021.

China agreed to expedite a review of its duties on Australian wine, while Australia agreed to suspend the WTO dispute until March 31.

A similar move resulted in duties on barley being removed last August.

Foreign Minister Penny Wong said the government had always been committed to stabilising the relationship with China without compromising on what is important to Australians.

“We have delivered on that commitment through calm and consistent dialogue,” she said.

“We continue to press for all remaining trade impediments to be removed.”

Trade Minister Don Farrell said the interim recommendation was a welcome development.

“It vindicates the government’s preferred approach of resolving trade issues through dialogue rather than disputation,” he said.

Minister for Agriculture Murray Watt said the Australian wine industry had been impacted by the duties.

“Today’s development is good news for our local wine growers and makers,” he said.

“While today’s development is welcome, we will keep advocating for the removal of remaining trade impediments for Australian producers and processors.”

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