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Australian Wine Exports: Q1 2024 Overview

1. China’s Tariff Removal Sparks Hope

In a significant move, the Chinese government abolished heavy tariffs on Australian wine. This decision has been met with relief and optimism within the industry. Winemakers are now gearing up to resume exports to China, with orders that were previously paid for and stored in warehouses set to be shipped soon. However, industry experts remain cautiously optimistic, mindful of the need for diversification and the ongoing oversupply in the domestic market.


2. Global Trends Impacting Exports

Consumption Shifts Worldwide

Across the globe, there has been a noticeable shift in alcohol consumption patterns. People are drinking less, affecting wine consumption as well.

Volume and Value Decline

Australian wine exports faced a 2% decline in value (totaling $1.90 billion) and a 3% decline in volume (reaching 607 million liters) in the 12 months ending December 2023. These challenges persist despite the recent tariff removal.

Long-Term Recovery Prospects

While the tariff removal is a positive step, industry experts caution that it may take years to fully recover exports to pre-tariff levels. The road ahead remains challenging but not insurmountable.



3. Industry Resilience and Employment Impact

Immediate Effect on Employment

The removal of tariffs is expected to have an almost instantaneous effect, benefiting the 20,000 Australians employed in the wine sector. Their livelihoods are closely tied to the industry’s performance.

Approaching 2024 with Confidence

Despite the hurdles, winemakers are approaching 2024 with greater confidence than in recent years. The industry’s resilience and adaptability will play a crucial role in navigating the evolving landscape.

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