Australia taking China to the World Trade Organisation for an independent arbitration on ongoing barley disputes is appropriate, but it could take some time.
Beijing targeted Australian barley producers earlier on in 2020 by applying an 80 per cent tariff on the product.
Chief Executive of the Western Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chris Rodwell said both China and Australia are members of the WTO which allows them to settle ongoing disputes where other alternative resolutions have failed.
He said the dispute over the barley tariff is clearly an “appropriate” reason to go to the WTO.
“It is appropriate, but it could take some time,” Mr Rodwell said.
“Our country is absolutely committed to a rules-based trading system."