Australia will Appeal to the WTO on Chinese Barley Tariff

Australia will launch a formal appeal to the World Trade Organization (WTO) against China’s 80.5 percent tariff on Australian barley imposed last May amid worsening relations.

Australia will launch a formal appeal to the World Trade Organization (WTO) against China’s 80.5 percent tariff on Australian barley imposed last May amid worsening relations. 

The tariff was imposed after Canberra proposed an independent investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic in China.

In retaliation, China imposed the fines and accused Australia of subsidizing local barley production.

“Australia has an incredibly strong case to mount in relation to defending the integrity and proprietary of our grain growers and barley producers,” said Australian Minister for Trade Simon Birmingham.

Aside from barley,  Australian copper, wine, timber, and lobster suffered from Chinese tariffs and penalties.  

The tariffs have dealt a big blow to the economy of Australia because  China accounts for 40% of its exports..

Birmingham expressed that they are open to solving the dispute outside of the WTO case “if both parties are willing to come to the table.”

Beijing has not yet commented on the issue but stated that Australia played the victim on the recent coal issue. 


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