China free trade agreement would see Red Centre mango wine exporter dancing in the street
NT Country Hour Nathan Coates
Posted about an hour ago
A free trade agreement (FTA) with China would see a Central Australian mango wine exporter dancing in the street.
The Federal Government says Australian mango wine exporters currently face a Chinese import tariff of up to 40 per cent.
However, Ti Tree mango wine maker and exporter John Crayford says he has dealt with an import tariff north of 50 per cent on his fruit wine.
Following the signing of an FTA with China, Australian mango wine makers would see the current tariff disappear over four years.
Mr Crayford says he's very excited about the tariffs being removed.
"It would be great because our wine would be back to comparable prices with other wine," he said.
"It will be cheaper in China and so more people will be able to afford to buy more of it.
He says he's worked hard over the years to establish and maintain a business relationship with Chinese wine distributers.
"I went over in 2006 and obtained an agent in Guangzhou [south China].
"I sent the first container load [of mango wine] over in 2006 and I've been selling wine to them ever since.
"I've been over [to China] about 14 times but I don't go over anymore because we are well established now.
"We had help with the Government when we first went over.
"We went over with Austrade and they helped us find our agents in China," he said.