Australia and China's turbulent trade relations

Gregor Heard
By Gregor Heard
Updated November 17 2020 - 12:15am, first published May 26 2020 - 9:00am
The sheer scale of Chinese demand for Australian agricultural produce has been a bit win for the sector over the past decade but there have been plenty of hurdles on the trade front along the way.

The headlines from agricultural events and seminars over the past decade have generally reflected the lucrative opportunities presented by China but there has always been an element of risk in business with the Asian giant with frequent disruptions for either trade or phytosanitary reasons.

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Gregor Heard

Gregor Heard

National Grains Industry Reporter

Gregor Heard is Fairfax Ag Media's national grains industry reporter, based in Horsham, Victoria. He has a wealth of knowledge surrounding the cropping sector through his ten years in the role. Prior to that he was with the Fairfax network as a reporter with Stock & Land. Some of the major issues he has reported on during his time with the company include the deregulation of the export wheat market, the introduction of genetically modified crops and the fight to protect growers better from grain trader insolvencies. Still involved with the family farm he is passionate about rural Australia and its people and hopes to use his role to act as an advocate for those involved in the grain sector. Away from work, he is a keen traveller, having spent his long service leave last year in Spain learning the language.

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