Australian Grape & Wine Chief Executive Tony Battaglene told Bloomberg Friday that the industry group will likely recommend making a complaint to the World Trade Organization. China was, until recently, the largest market for exports of Australian wine.
Relations between Australia and China began to deteriorate last April after Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for an international investigation into the origins of the coronavirus. A number of Australian exports — including timber, beef and some types of coal — soon began to encounter difficulties entering the Chinese market. Chinese investment in Australia plunged to just over 1 billion Australian dollars ($763 million) in 2020, down 62% from the previous year, according to a report released earlier this month by the Australian National University's Chinese Investment in Australia Database.