Reports of potential tariffs of AU barley imports into China

Reports of potential tariffs of AU barley imports into China

Reports of potential tariffs of AU barley imports into China

At the end of April Australia threw its weight behind a chorus of voices, led by Washington, questioning the origins and spread of the coronavirus that emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late previous year, and urging an worldwide investigation.

Senator Birmingham said Australia's push for an inquiry into the origins of coronavirus has no ties to export arrangements for beef or barley.

Last month Australia called for an independent worldwide inquiry into the origin of the coronavirus just a few days after China floated putting an 80 percent tariff on Australia's barley shipments.

The four plants make up about 35% of Australian beef exports to China, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said the suspensions appeared to be based on "highly technical issues", some of which dated back more than one year.

"Some Australian politicians parroted what those US forces have said and followed them to launch political attacks on China", a Chinese embassy official said.

Workers look on as beef cattle imported from Australia leave a cargo ship at a port in Qingdao, Shandong province, China, April 15, 2018.

Following Payne's remarks, China's ambassador to Australia, Cheng Jingye, threatened that there would be economic losses to Australia's tourism, produce, and higher education sectors.

Several major Australian grain groups on Sunday said they had been told China was proposing tariffs on barley from Australia after an 18-month enquiry into whether they have been dumping the grain into the Asian nation.

Australia however is not alone in its fight against China.

If Australian barley stopped flowing to China, it would open the door for USA exporters.

Australia was once China's biggest barley supplier before Beijing launched an anti-dumping investigation.

Global Times editor Hu Xijin also reportedly shared a post on Chinese social media platform Weibo comparing Australia to chewing gum.

Three facilities in Queensland, including JBS-owned abattoirs near Toowoomba and Ipswich, and Kilcoy Pastoral Co., were suspended, as well as Northern Co-operative's abattoir in Casino, New South Wales.

"It's disappointing that no notification was given prior to that suspension taking effect", he said.

Australian grain producers have been informed by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce that it is considering imposing a dumping margin of up to 73.6 per cent and a subsidy margin of up to 6.9 per cent for barley imported from Australia, said Mr Andrew Weidemann, chairman of industry group Grain Producers Australia.

Federal Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said shipments of meat from four abattoirs had been suspended over "minor technical" breaches related to Chinese health and labelling certificate requirements. For your security, we've sent a confirmation email to the address you entered.

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