WTO urged to assist settle Australia-China barley dispute
THE Australian authorities will ask the World Commerce Group (WTO) to determine a dispute settlement panel within the subsequent section of the method of resolving the anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed on Australian barley by China.
Australian Minister of Commerce Dan Tehan mentioned yesterday that the following step follows the dispute settlement consultations in late January between Australia and China.
“Though there was constructive engagement from either side, these consultations haven’t resolved our issues,” Tehan mentioned.
“The WTO dispute settlement system is designed to permit members to resolve their commerce disputes in a respectful method.
“This ruling is an acceptable use of a longtime system to resolve our disputes and is consistent with earlier steps Australia has taken to deal with issues about measures imposed by different buying and selling companions.”
Mr Tehan mentioned the federal authorities is dedicated to standing up for the pursuits of Australian barley producers.
“Australia’s barley commerce with China has been exhausting work on either side for a few years.
“The anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed on Australian barley exports are inconsistent with China’s WTO obligations.
“Australia strongly helps the rules-based multilateral buying and selling system, with the WTO at its coronary heart.
“We’ll proceed to work below this technique to defend the rights of Australian exporters.”
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The Australian barley business has lobbied for the federal authorities to go to the WTO in an try to revive unrestricted entry to the Chinese language barley market.
This follows China in Might final 12 months which imposed tariffs on Australian barley.
Tariffs have halted gross sales of Australian barley to China in the intervening time.
For instance, Australia didn’t export any barley to China in December 2020 and January 2021, in opposition to shipments that totaled 329,511 tonnes in December 2019 and January 2020.
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