Joint media release: WTO panel to be established in barley dispute

28 May 2021

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, the Hon David Littleproud MP

The Australian Government will ask the World Trade Organization to establish a dispute settlement panel to resolve concerns about anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed on Australian barley by China.

The establishment of the panel is the next step in the WTO’s dispute resolution process. The next phase of the process is the appointment of individuals to the panel to adjudicate the dispute.

Australia remains open to further discussions with China with a view to resolving this issue.

The Government will continue to vigorously defend the interests of Australian barley producers using the established system in the WTO to resolve our differences."

The anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Australian barley have effectively stopped Australia's barley trade with China.