Producers toast export changes
South West wine producers are rejoicing as the Australian and Canadian governments have resolved trade restrictions which impeded Australian wine sales in Canada.
The restrictions were a long-running obstacle between Australia and its fourth-largest wine export market for several years.
The agreement was the result of a culmination of negotiations from Australia’s World Trade Organization action against Canada and removed several measures.
Margaret River Wine Association chief executive Amanda Whiteland said Canada was the fifth export market by value and zero tariffs into Canada provided potential for further export growth opportunities for Margaret River wine.
“Margaret River Wine Association welcomes the removal of any restrictions that affect the export of Margaret River wine,” Mrs Whiteland said.
South West wine exporters will now enjoy zero tariffs into Canada, marking potential for growth.
Churchview Estate proprietor and export manager Sharon Bosveld said the removal of trade tariffs allowed them to be more competitive against other countries that didn’t have the restrictions lifted.
“The trade barrier being lifted will make Australian wine more appealing to the Canadian public and provide a more level playing field for us,” Ms Bosveld said.
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