mandag 11. mai 2020

Scott Morrison 'disappointed' if China tariff plan is linked to coronavirus investigation

Scott Morrison says he would be “extremely disappointed” if China’s plan to impose tariffs on Australian barley imports were connected to the broader diplomatic dispute over an investigation into the coronavirus pandemic. The Australian government has signalled it would consider taking the dispute to the World Trade Organisation should China follow through with the planned duties of around 80%.

China’s commerce ministry is proposing to impose tariffs on barley imported from Australia after an 18-month investigation into claims the industry was “dumping” the product at a lower price that at home. The move is also based on claims the Australian industry gains an advantage from government subsidies. The trade minister, Simon Birmingham, said he did not accept “that there is a prima facie case, let alone a conclusive case, to find dumping by or subsidy of Australian producers”.