TODAY the Australian Government was notified that from tomorrow, China will remove the 80.5 percent anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Australian barley.
“We welcome this outcome, which paves the way for our barley exporters to re-enter the Chinese market, benefiting Australian producers and Chinese consumers,” Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong, Trade Minister Don Farrell and Agriculture Minister Murray Watt said in a joint statement.
Since May 2020, China’s duties on Australian barley have effectively blocked exports to that market, worth about $916 million in 2018-19.
“The removal of duties is the result of work by government and industry to resolve this matter.”
The ministers acknowledged and thanked industry and affected businesses for their support and patience throughout the World Trade Organization process.
Grain Producers Australia chair Barry Large said removal of these tariffs represented a great win for Chinese consumers and industry, and was a positive development for Australian grain producers and exporters.
“We thank and acknowledge the work of both governments in contributing to this positive outcome through an expedited process to reach a resolution which has been significantly shorter than if the WTO process continued,” Mr Large said.