China slaps duties of up to 218% on Australian wine for 5 years

The duties, which range from 116% to 218%, were announced Friday and come after an investigation by Chinese authorities found instances of “dumping and [market] damage.” They take effect on Sunday.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

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