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Following an expedited internal review by MOFCOM*, China has announced its decision to remove duties on Australian barley.

This is great news for growers, as this opens the way to rebuilding the $1.2bn annual trade flow.

The announcement follows a lengthy process involving the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Dispute Panel, to contest the 80.5% tariffs imposed by China on Australian barley in 2020. With this positive outcome achieved for barley growers, Australia will now seek to suspend the dispute.

China has been a long-standing and valued market for Australian grain, accounting for 60-70% of Australian barley exports. Since the imposition of the tariffs, GrainGrowers has worked closely with industry and government to resolve the situation.

GrainGrowers has guided the WTO process and will support rebuilding the trade flow with China.

More information on this process is available via the PDF guide.

*Ministry of Commerce, People's Republic of China (MOFCOM)



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November 2018

China initiates ‘anti-dumping’ investigation into Australian barley.

December 2018

China announces ‘countervailing’ investigation against Australian barley imports.

February 2019

GrainGrowers provided a response to the Chinese government. Responses also provided by Australian exporters and other grains industry bodies.

November 2019

China announces extension of the anti-dumping investigation (allowed under WTO rules).

May 2020

China imposes duties of 80.5% on barley imported from Australia.

March 2021

Australia announces it will request the WTO establishes a Dispute Panel.

June 2021

WTO Dispute Panel met, Australia’s 2nd panel request successful, formal establishment process to commence.

September 2021

Dispute Panel selection announced.

April 2023

China announced expedited internal review and WTO process paused

August 2023

Outcomes of MOFCOM expediated review announced with duties on Australian barley removed. Australia requests indefinite suspension of the Dispute Panel.

WTO Panel Process Guide

Throughout the full process, GrainGrowers has continued to update this resource developed specifically to keep Aussie barley producers in the know.

WTO Panel Process Guide

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