China’s wine imports soar in Q1

China’s wine imports soared in both volume and value in the first quarter of the year, with Australia closing in on France as the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement took even greater effect following another tariff cut at the beginning of this year.

From January to March, China imported 200.57 million litres of wines worth about US$792 million, representing a year-on-year growth of 32.34% in volume and a 35.84% increase in value, according to the latest figures released by the China Association for Import and Export of Wine and Spirits (CAWS).

France still leads the country’s bottled wine imports with US$271.9 million worth of wines shipped to China during the period, making up a 38.2% market share. However, the lead is narrowing with Australia’s import value climbing to US$200.17 million, accounting for 28.1% of the country’s total bottled wine market.

Imports from Australia in both volume and value terms have grown more than 50% respectively, thanks to the further tax cut that reduced import tariff on Australian wines down to 2.4%. Australia’s growth momentum is expected to be boosted further in the coming year when China will completely eliminate import tariff on Australian wines.

Additionally, it seems that Wine Australia’s efforts to tighten exported wine’s quality is improving. As a result, the country’s average price per litre rose to US$6.65, the second most expensive among the top 10 importers – higher than France’s US$5.46, and only just behind New Zealand’s US$10.44.

Wine exports from the US to mainland China during the period fared well with growth in both volume and value, but it’s uncertain how the newly enforced hiked tariff on American wines last month will play out in the long run.

Starting from 2 April, China has slapped an additional 15% tariff on top of the existing 14% import tariff, bringing the total of taxes on American wines up from 48.2% to 67.7% including VAT, excise tax and import tariff.

3 Responses to “China’s wine imports soar in Q1”

  1. mario says:

    China is expected to be the second most valuable still light wine market by 2020 after the US…with these numbers maybe sooner

  2. johnny chan says:

    Figures aside there are other perspectives like immigration programs that would allow people to export wines from Australian as part of what is required to export products from Australia to be legitible as part of the immigration program. Wines seem to be a convenient product. it would be interesting to check the data. In vino veritas.

  3. “Only just behind” – sorry that qualification seems a little Fake News-y!

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