Australia dissatisfied with Canadian wine regulations

Australia has filed a trade complaint with the World Trade Organisation (WTO), accusing Canada of placing “discriminatory” rules on the sales of imported wine.

This follows a similar complaint made by the USA last year. The filing claims that Canadian regulations unfairly disadvantage wine produced overseas.

“In this case we’ve got a number of provinces in Canada that are putting in place pro-protectionist policies”, said Australian trade minister Steve Ciobo.

Like the US, Australia protested against rules in the province of British Columbia that allow local wines to be sold in grocery shops while imported wines must be sold in a separate place with a separate cash register.

But Australia is also displeased with policies in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia which it says “appear to discriminate against imported wine”, in violation of a WTO agreement.