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A Step Toward Normalization: Australia and China’s Evolving Business Relations”.

BySamantha Jones

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

The Australia China Business Council recently hosted a meeting for business leaders with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, where it was emphasized that China is “opening up” to foreign investment. This positive development comes after ongoing geopolitical tensions between the two countries. Despite this, the lobby group’s National President, David Olsson, has cautioned against high expectations of all producers returning to the market once the sanctions are lifted.

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.

Olsson spoke about concerns from Australian businesses about the importance of predictability and certainty, especially for longer-term investments in the Chinese market. He acknowledged that while Australian business leaders understood the significance of the China market, they were not expecting a return to the pre-tariff era due to ongoing geopolitical tensions.

By Samantha Jones

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