The Australian Government is aware of reports from some Australian exporters experiencing a range of trade disruptions with goods entering China.

Agricultural products, including barley, lobster, wood logs, and wine, have been subject to increased monitoring, including additional inspections and testing. There are also reports of cancelled orders and customs clearance issues. Chinese authorities have also suspended imports of wood logs from the states of Queensland and Victoria.

Additional COVID-19 measures, including SARS-CoV-2 testing and container and outer packaging disinfection, applied to cold-chain foods are also resulting in delays to imports from all countries.

Austrade is working closely with the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE); the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; and the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, as well as industry to confirm these reports and support businesses.

The Australian Government continues to liaise directly with Chinese Government officials and importers to confirm import regulations and requirements.

China remains an important market for Australian goods and services. Trade with China continues to flow despite areas of concern, with consumer demand for Australian products remaining strong.

Recent developments

On 4 December 2020, DAWE published a new Market Access Advisory outlining changes to China’s import requirements for seafood. To access the latest Seafood Advisories visit the DAWE website.

On 28 November 2020, China imposed provisional anti-dumping duties on Australian wine of 107 per cent to 212 per cent.

The Australian Government is not aware of any evidence that Australian exporters have dumped their product in Chinese markets, and is working closely with industry and state and territory governments to respond to the anti-dumping and countervailing duties investigations.

All efforts are focused on working with industry and Chinese authorities to resolve these issues based on their technical merits.

Support for exporters

Australian exporters experiencing issues or requiring further assistance and information should contact Austrade on 13 28 78 or via the export enquiry form.

Australian exporters are urged to stay in close contact with their China-based partners and contacts to stay abreast of developments. We recommend that you continue to engage with relevant peak industry bodies and chambers.

This page will be updated as further information becomes available.