Australian cotton growers could be the latest victims of increasingly bitter trade tensions with China which have seen crippling tariffs placed on Australian barley exports, with wine also in the firing line.
China has suspended imports from an Australian barley cooperative after claiming it had found pests in the shipments, weeks after slapping Australian barley imports with an 80 per cent tariff amid growing trade and diplomatic tensions.
Three months after imposing an 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley imports, China has turned to Argentina for supplies of the grain used for livestock feed and beer.
The announcement of an anti-dumping investigation into Australian wine by China’s Ministry of Commerce has sent shockwaves through the local industry. But for the state’s grain farmers, the latest Chinese probe conjures feelings of deja vu following a similar investigation that led to an 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley in May.