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China to hit Australian barley with 80.5% tariffs from May 19

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 19, 2020
China will impose anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on barley imports from Australia totalling 80.5% starting May 19, the commerce ministry said on Monday.
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The move, the result of a probe that began in 2018, had been widely expected after the Australian grain industry said last week it had been warned Beijing was considering high tariffs.

Topics: China Australia

The tariffs, which are expected to all but halt the billion-dollar trade in barley between the two, come amid deteriorating relations between Canberra and Beijing, which have been exacerbated by a push by Australia for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Ministry of Commerce said it had confirmed dumping by Australia and significant damage as a result of the dumping on its domestic industry.

It said duties of 73.6% would be levied on all companies, including four named exporters,