Trade war fallout - how reliant is Australia's economy on China?

by Josh Nicholas and Ben Butler

13 March 2021

Australia’s exports to China are now under threat from a trade dispute that since last year has seen dozens of coal ships banked up off the coast, racking up demurrage fees of tens of thousands of dollars a day as their captains wait for permission to come into port.

China has also slapped huge tariffs on imports of Australian wine, accusing producers of causing “substantial damage” to the local industry by dumping their product below cost.

It has also put steep tariffs on another big import from Australia, barley.

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