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Australian exports to China fall by AU$313m in four months

China’s import tariff on Australian wines has led to a collapse in sales from AU$325m to AU$12m in the four months of December 2020 to March 2021.

The dramatic drop has been caused by China targeting Australia with punitive tariffs after the Australian government spoke out about human rights abuse by the Chinese government against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.

Australia has ramped up sales to other countries including a 23% increase in sales to Europe adding an additional AU$163m, AU$31m more to North America and AU$8m to Oceania. But this replaces only AU$202m over 12 months compared to the AU$313m lost in the four months from December to March.