China ac­cuses Aus­tralian ex­porters of dump­ing bar­ley amidst trade row

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

AUS­TRALIAN ex­porters have been ac­cused of sell­ing bar­ley to China at lower-than-nor­mal prices for the past 12 months.

The ac­cu­sa­tion from China is the first ma­jor fall­out for Aus­tralian ex­porters from the US-China trade wars.

Last week, China’s com­merce min­istry or­dered an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into dump­ing and anti-com­pet­i­tive prac­tices in what is Aus­tralia’s largest grain ex­port mar­ket, worth about $1.2 bil­lion.

It is be­lieved the move is an at­tempt by Beijing to block Aus­tralian bar­ley, which it claims is be­ing “dumped” into the Chi­nese mar­ket below the cost of pro­duc­tion.

Un­der World Trade Or­gan­i­sa­tion anti-dump­ing rules, even while a mat­ter is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, a tem­po­rary tar­iff can be ap­plied to re­cover dam­ages.

The move comes just days af­ter Aus­tralia sided with Amer­ica to jointly re­de­velop a naval base in Pa­pua New Guinea, prompt­ing sug­ges­tions from some in­sid­ers the in­ves­ti­ga­tion has lit­tle to do with grain prices and more to do with pol­i­tics.

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