Australia must take action within the World Trade Organization regarding China’s imposition of anti-dumping duties on wine.
The decision to initiate a dispute settlement process was taken following extensive consultations with Australian winegrowers, Commerce Minister Dan Tehan said on Saturday.
He said the process is available to any WTO member as a way to resolve trade disputes in a respectful manner.
Mr Tehan said the ruling is in line with the government’s previous use of the WTO and aligns with Australia’s support for a rules-based trading system.
At the same time, Australia remains open to engage directly with China to resolve this issue.
Australia has previously complained to the WTO about China’s blockade of barley, one of the many commodities that has become entangled in the growing divide between countries.
Mr Tehan said last month that the government was considering following up on his complaint about China’s imposition of massive tariffs on wine exports, a move that had virtually wiped out exports.
“We have always said that we would take a very principled approach when dealing with these trade disputes, and if we believe our industry has been harmed or injured, we will take whatever steps and measures are necessary to try and resolve this issue. “, did he declare. ABC at the time.
When asked whether Beijing’s possible retaliation for such actions is part of the government’s consideration, Tehan said China and all other countries use the WTO dispute settlement mechanism.
“It is a normal way to deal with these disputes,” he said.
“So what we want to do is make sure that we have a very strong legal case to take to the World Trade Organization, because obviously if you take a case you want to do your best to try to earn it. “