Australia’s second WTO action against China, this time focusing on wine

Australia’s trade minister is now considering whether to take a second action against China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to combat tariffs on wine exports.

This follows Australia’s ongoing WTO measures over barley tariffs launched at the end of last year.

“One of the things we are very keen on is ensuring trade disputes with China. It is using all the means we can to deal with them. “Tehan told Sky News’ Sunday Agenda program on Sunday.

“Obviously, the WTO is one of those mechanisms. We use it for barley and we are currently very deeply considering whether to refer to it for wine,” he added. ..

Tehan is about to embark on a trip to Europe, including a meeting with the WTO Secretary-General in Geneva.

He will also meet with other leaders to oppose the “protective trade principle” of trade.

The European Union and the United Kingdom support the introduction of “carbon tariffs” on countries with “less stringent” environmental laws.

Tehan’s comment on the WTO’s actions comes just weeks after Beijing’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has decided to impose a tariff of 116-218 percent on the export of Australian wine to China. ..

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Australian wine (2nd R) is on display among other wines at the Beijing shop on December 23, 2020. (NoelCelis / AFP) via Getty Images)

In August 2020, MOFCOM began investigating possible “dumping” practices, claiming that Australian wine companies are selling products below market prices to drown local producers. Did.

This claim was rejected by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Scott Morrison pointed out that Australian wines have the second highest average price in China after New Zealand wines.

Tariffs affect the coal, beef, wine, barley, lobster, timber, lamb and cotton industries and are part of a long-term economic coercion campaign for Australia’s exports to China in response to Foreign Minister Marize Payne’s call. Will be provided. For investigation of the origin of COVID-19 in April 2020.

Meanwhile, the ongoing barley dispute with China in Australia will be raised to the second stage in March, and a panel will be convened to hear discussions from both parties.

Australia is fighting to eliminate tariffs worth about 80 percent of its exports to China. MOFCOM has imposed this tariff following a previous investigation into “dumping” by barley exporters.

However, given that the Final Appellate Body, which is responsible for hearing the final appeal, has been stagnant since 2019, there are concerns that the WTO’s actions may be stagnant.

The Trump administration will appoint new members to the organization over many WTO issues, including over-judiciary by WTO members, consistent decisions on U.S. tariffs designed to protect U.S. companies, and delays in decision-making. Opposed to.

Professor Peter Draper, Secretary-General of the Institute for International Trade at the University of South Australia, previously told the Epoch Times: The basic motivation is to emphasize the importance of the rule of law procedure and the rule of law procedure of international law. “

“Where is better than the WTO, the top World Trade Organization to do this? In other words, the signals that China responds to are monitored by all members.”