Wine exports to Canada made easier after restrictions lifted

By Rodney Woods

Wine producers are toasting the successful resolution of trade restrictions that have been a long-running obstacle in trade with Canada, Australia's fourth largest wine export market.

Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud welcomed the Canadian Government's agreement to allow Australian wine to compete on a level playing field.

“With $185 million worth of Australian wine exported to Canada in 2019, this is a welcome outcome for our producers and the economy,” Mr Littleproud said.

“As a result of our hard work and pressure through the World Trade Organization challenge, Canada has agreed to remove over time, measures imposed by the Canadian federal government and the provinces of Ontario and Nova Scotia which saw our wine producers disadvantaged.

“Australian wine producers will no longer bear the burden of discriminatory measures which gave Canadian wine producers exemptions from taxes or more favourable mark-ups.

“Australian wine producers will also have more access to shelf space in Canada, including in Ontario, Canada's most populous province.”