ATIC - Critical Trade Updates

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Source: Australian Trade and Investment Commission

The Australian Government has received reports from 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 (inspection and testing).

Some exporters have also reported that their customers in China have cancelled orders or have not placed new orders.

We are also receiving reports that there are many areas where trade with China continues to flow normally and that consumer demand for Australian products remains strong.

The Australian Government is liaising directly with Chinese Government officials and importers to confirm import regulations and requirements. The Australian Government has asked China to clarify the situation.

Austrade is working closely with other Australian Government agencies and industry to confirm these reports; including the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment; the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; and the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

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

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.

This page will be updated as further information becomes available.