Australian exporters scramble as fears of more China trade bans grow

Australian exporters scramble as fears of more China trade bans grow

Australian wine exporters have reportedly suspended shipments amid fears officials in Beijing are about to bar a range of goods

The Morrison government has accused China of heightening trade risks and breaching Xi Jinping’s own public pledges as a range of Australian export sectors brace for new disruptions as soon as Friday.

Guardian Australia understands some Australian wine exporters have suspended shipments to China, based on requests from their Chinese import partners, amid fears officials in Beijing are about to press ahead with bans on a raft of goods.

Lobster exporters have also been trying to clarify the hold-ups they have experienced since late last week.

While the trade minister, Simon Birmingham, hit out at Beijing for sending “continued uncertain and inconsistent messages”, some Australian-based analysts argued the Chinese government was engaging in “psychological warfare” by flagging vaguely defined potential sanctions that may or may not eventuate.