It has been widely reported that Chinese importers contacted their Australian suppliers to inform them that after Friday, November 6, Chinese ports would not clear Australian wines and other agricultural commodities through customs.
It is understood that the Chinese Alcohol Drinks Association (CADA) had requested the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) introduce the retroactive collection of anti-dumping duties on October 30, 2020. CADA claims that there has been a large increase in imports of ‘dumped’ product since the investigation was announced, and that this has caused injury to the domestic Chinese industry.
Tony Battaglene, Chief Executive of Australian Grape & Wine, has discussed this issue with the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. AGW have also been liaising with the office of the Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management.