WTO Agrees to Investigate China’s Wine Tariffs Against Australia

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has granted Canberra’s request to examine China’s tariffs on imported Australian wine, one of the several disputes from the ongoing trade war between the two countries.

After a Geneva meeting on Oct. 26, the WTO has established a dispute panel to investigate China’s anti-dumping duties on Australian wine imports, agreeing to Canberra’s second request for the panel after its first attempt in September was blocked by China.

Australia said during the WTO meeting that they filed for the request a second time because they were “not seeing any concrete steps by China to respond to its concerns.”

Canberra had referred China to the WTO earlier this year regarding the wine tariffs, saying that Beijing’s actions have caused “serious harm” to the Australian wine industry.

Australian wine exports to China fell from $1.1 billion to $20 million after the tariffs were imposed last year. China was Australia’s biggest wine export market.

Australia had pushed for an investigation last year on the origins of COVID-19 which was first found in Wuhan, China. In response, China either blocked or tariffed major Australian imports including wine, barley, and coal.

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