China has put punitive tariffs of more than 80% on barley imports from Australia as more than 110 countries backed a push for an international coronavirus inquiry.
Trade minister Simon Birmingham indicated Australia may appeal the imposition of a 73.6% anti-dumping tariff and a 6.9% anti-subsidy tariff applied to all Australian barley from Tuesday.
“Australia is deeply disappointed with China’s decision to impose duties on Australian barley,” he said in a statement.
“We reject the basis of this decision and will be assessing the details of the findings while we consider next steps.”
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