The Morrison government has called on China to come clean on whether a range of Australian export sectors worth billions of dollars a year will face new curbs from Friday amid increasing tensions between the two countries.
Australian wine exporters have reported hearing advice from their import partners in China that “no product will be cleared through customs from Friday, so please don’t send any more shipments until this matter is cleared up”, said the chief executive of Australian Grape and Wine, Tony Battaglene.
With other industry groups also on edge about the reports, the trade minister, Simon Birmingham, declared on Wednesday that Australia expected its biggest trading partner to “play by the rules”. He urged Beijing to provide certainty and answers to Australian and Chinese businesses that faced potential disruptions.
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