China-Australia Relations: Import Ban on Australian Copper, Sugar Expected After Blocks on Lobster, Timber, Barley



Su-Lin Tan | South China Morning Post

China has banned imports of Australian timber from Queensland and suspended barley imports from a second grain exporter, while Chinese importers are also bracing for a new round of bans on copper ore and copper concentrate as well as sugar this week in the latest trade escalations between Beijing and Canberra.

The new bans occurred over the weekend as clearance of Australian rock lobster shipments was also delayed in Shanghai due to increased import inspections.

On Friday, the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) issued a warning notice to exporters saying that it had found a pest, the bark beetle Ips grandicollis, in imported log timber from Queensland and has banned all log exports from the Australian state.

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