One of the region’s biggest grain handlers says China’s lifting of tariffs on Aussie barley is good news for local producers.
Beijing has scrapped the three year 80 per cent tariff it slapped on barley exports.
Managing director of Lara-based Riordan Grains, Jim Riordon, said up to half of their products had previously gone to China.
He said alternative markets had been secured, meaning there would be more competition for the local product.
“Now we’ve got China and our other markets available to us, because they’re not going away,” he said.
“It’s then a matter of being able to negotiate the right price.”
There are now calls for the federal government to focus on Australia’s wine industry and the Chinese tariff on exports.
Picture: File image [Riordan Grain]