Wine exports from the US to China fell nearly 25% last year. This is after import taxes and tariffs on American wine entering China reached nearly 80%.
Can South African wine exports benefit from the US-China trade wars?
Vinpro stakeholder manager Michael Mokhoro says although it is not as simple as it looks, South African winemakers should take advantage of the trade war through vigorous promotion of products.
Furthermore, we can push very hard to have an agreement with China to have that wine protocol.— Michael Mokhoro, Stakeholder manager -Vinpro
Mokhoro says they have started some conversations with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to start the process of sending regulatory requirement documentation to China, which will be followed by an invitation to China to come and witness the process of product analysis and standards.
All we have to do is to vigorously compete with those countries that have access to China through the free trade agreements by indicating the quality of our products.— Michael Mokhoro, Stakeholder manager - Vinpro
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