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Australian growers respond to China tariffs

Grain Producers Australia with the State Farming Organisations, Grain Producers SA, AgForce QLD, Victorian Farmers Federation, NSWFarmers, WA Farmers Federation and WA Grains Group, and Grain Growers Limited are deeply concerned and disappointed with the decision to impose duties on Australian barley exported to China.

The dumping margin of up to 73.6% and subsidy margin up to 6.9% is imposed from today on all barley for 5 years, in response to the investigations initiated by China in November 2018.

Grain producers are concerned about the impact the tariffs will have on the barley prices. A significant issue given estimates of 12 million tonne production this season. The tariffs will likely cost the Australian grains industry $500 million on this season’s crop.

Mr Andrew Weidemann, Chair of Grain Producers Australia and farmer in Victoria said, “we are disappointed that after 18 months of work to avoid this outcome, we have now got tariffs imposed by our biggest barley customer.”...

Further information:

Andrew Weidemann, Chairman, Grain Producers Australia, Tel: 0428 504 544

Maddison McNeil, Executive Officer, Grain Producers Australia, Tel: 0432 988 694


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