A US wine industry group has warned that imports of Australian wine are “incompatible with the country’s current and future prosperity” and that “any imports would be seen as a major distraction”.
The American Wine Institute (AWI) warned that Australian wine is “under siege” by the coronivirus outbreak and said that US wines could “become the target” of attacks from the Middle East and elsewhere.
The US wine producers have been the target of a growing number of attacks in the Middle-East, including one targeting the Wine Cellar in Beirut.
“Imports of Australian wines, especially in the form of bulk wine, are incompatible with the United States’ current and potential prosperity,” AWI said in a statement.
“Such imports would put a substantial dent in US exports and create significant economic and political pressure for the US.”
Mr Adams, who has been visiting Australia for several weeks, said the government was now working with industry to “restructure the supply chain to reduce the costs of imports”.
“The government has responded to the pandemic in a manner that supports American wineries and Australian wine producers, which means we will see Australian imports reduced in the near term,” Mr Adams said.
The US has not imported any Australian wine since January and Mr Adams also urged the government to “start importing Australian wines”. “
I have been told that it is not going to happen in the next few months and there is a lot of pressure from other countries to do this.”
The US has not imported any Australian wine since January and Mr Adams also urged the government to “start importing Australian wines”.
The Australian government is restricting imports of wines from Australia to the US at the moment, which it says is needed to protect Australia’s wine industry from potential disruptions caused by the pandemics.
US President Donald Trump has defended the US government’s approach and said it is “good business sense”.
“I think it’s very good business sense,” he said.
Mr Adams has previously spoken out against the ban.
He said that Australia’s export industry is “at the mercy of our own government” and said the country is losing billions of dollars because of the ban on imports.
“We’ve got the second largest wine market in the world and we are exporting a lot more than we import.
It’s the greatest export-driven economy on Earth and we have no business to export to anybody, not to the Arab world, not even to the rest of the world,” he told the ABC’s Insiders programme.
Mr Trump also said Australia is “the worst place on earth to buy a bottle of wine”.
He has previously accused China of using its “greatest economic leverage” to push down prices of Australian imported wines.
He also said that the US had “gone from the world’s number one wine importer to the number two”.
Australian wines are in demand around the world.
US exports to China have been dropping since the start of the pandemia, with China importing $6 billion worth of Australian goods last year.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has promised to ban imports from countries such as Australia.
“You have to look at China as a great economic power, but I think it is a great tragedy that we are in such a situation,” Mr Xi told Australian newspaper The Wall Street Journal.