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Treasury Wine Faces 175.6% Duty Rate For Australian Wine Exports To China

Treasury Wine Estates Ltd, the world's largest standalone winemaker, said on Monday that Beijing had imposed a final combined 175.6% anti-dumping and countervailing duty rate on its Australian wine imports into China, its biggest market.

The final decision from China's Ministry of Commerce, a jump from the 169.3% imposed on Treasury Wine products last November, came into effect on Sunday and is applicable for at least five years.

It follows an industry-wide anti-dumping investigation launched by Beijing last year to examine any damage to the domestic wine industry from Australian wine imports.

To avoid the hefty tariffs, Australia's Treasury Wine had said it would redirect its sales to the United States, Europe and elsewhere in Asia.

Highest Possible Tariff

The final rate, which is consistent with the highest possible tariff that China imposed in its preliminary ruling, further strains diplomatic relations between Beijing and Canberra, which soured after Australia called for an independent inquiry into the origin of the coronavirus pandemic.

Shares of Treasury Wine closed 1.4% weaker, after hitting their lowest since 5 March earlier in the session.

Earlier this month, Treasury Wine Estates Ltd announced plans to license A$100 million (€64.7 million) worth of its US brands to The Wine Group as part of an ongoing overhaul of its American operations.

The Wine Group, the world's second largest wine producer, will source and sell Treasury's Beringer Main & Vine, Beringer Founders' Estate, Coastal Estates and Meridian brands.

News by Reuters, additional reporting by ESM. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: European Supermarket Magazine.

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