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Food Exporters in Australia Struggle as China Relations Sour

  • Shipments to contract 10% by value in 2020-21, Abares says
  • Drought recovery expected to crimp beef production, sales
Sowing of Barley in Victoria As China Slaps Duties on Australia's Crop
Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

Australia’s food exporters are facing a challenging year, with the value of shipments set to drop by 10%, as the country grapples with souring Chinese ties, shrinking meat sales and a virus-driven downturn in demand.

Government forecaster Abares expects agricultural exports to shrink to A$43.5 billion ($31.7 billion) as prices for many of its exports, including meat, wheat, barley and wine, slump because of the pandemic and Chinese trade restrictions.