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Australia-China Business Relations: The Slow Return of Wine Imports and the Importance of Predictability for Long-Term Investments

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
China Nearing Completion of Australia Wine Tariff Removal, Says Business Leader

The Australian government is hopeful that the Chinese government will lift heavy tariffs on Australian wine imports, according to a business lobby. During a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, it was emphasized that China is “opening up” to foreign investment. However, the National President of the Australia China Business Council, David Olsson, has warned against high expectations of all producers returning to the market once the sanctions are lifted.

Speaking to Bloomberg during the Boao Forum in China, Olsson highlighted concerns from Australian businesses about the importance of predictability and certainty for longer-term investments in the Chinese market. While Australian business leaders understand the significance of the China market, they are not expecting a return to the pre-tariff era due to ongoing geopolitical tensions.

Trade relations between Australia and China have shown improvement since the election of the center-left Labor government in May 2022. Beijing has gradually lifted trade sanctions imposed on Australian exports during tensions, including restrictions on barley, timber, and coal. However, the most significant remaining sanctions are on Australian wine, with tariffs as high as 218%.

The Australian government is optimistic that the wine tariffs will be removed by the end of March. Olsson mentioned that although there is hope for a significant portion of Australian wine to return to the Chinese market, not all of it is expected to. He noted that some producers are already exploring alternative markets. Despite this positive development

By Samantha Nguyen

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