Chinese regulators announced on Friday that they would begin imposing heavy duties on Australian wines after finding preliminary evidence of dumping.
From Saturday, China will begin to temporarily slap Australian liquor imports from 107.1% to 212.1%, the Commerce Ministry said in a statement.
The move is another bottleneck for Australian businesses as relations between Canberra and Beijing continue to deteriorate.
The Ministry of Commerce says it has confirmed cases of dumping due to “material loss” to the domestic liquor industry in China.
Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said in a news briefing, “China has absolutely no responsibility for creating this situation.”
“[They] The latter has taken a series of wrong moves related to China, the root cause of the Sino-Australia relationship, with sharp deterioration and the current difficult situation. “
– Shanshan Wang contributed to this report.
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