Victory for Aussie wines in Canada

Canadians will be able to more easily raise a glass of Australian wine, with a trade dispute between the countries consigned to the dregs.

Australia took up the fight for its winemakers to be treated fairly more than two-and-a-half years ago after Canada enforced punishing new rules.

The laws shunted all imported wines into a “store within a store” in supermarkets while local tipples could be kept on regular shelves.

The government launched a formal dispute in the World Trade Organisation in January 2018.

Canada agreed on Monday to remove the restrictions on Australian wines at a federal level and in the provinces of Ontario and Nova Scotia.

It had already done so for the province of British Columbia.

Discussions continue about lifting the restrictions in the final province of Quebec.

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham hailed it as a win for winemakers.

“Removing these trade barriers will mean our wine exporters can now compete on a level playing field with Canadian wine producers,” he said.

“With Australian wine exporters enjoying zero tariffs into Canada, this is a market with real potential for growth and this agreement will provide further opportunities for our wine exporters to sell more Australian wine in Canada.”

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