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Year-end boom for Australian wine-sellers fizzles

Orders are being cancelled or delayed at customs; Beijing says Canberra soured ties by interfering in its affairs

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China-born Australian Alex Xu's Royal Star Wine has had six or seven orders from China cancelled; another 14,000 bottles have been delayed in Chinese customs.

Sydney

AUSTRALIAN wine exporters should be preparing for their peak selling season - the months preceding Christmas and the Chinese New Year celebrations in China. They are instead watching stockpiles of product mount in warehouses as its biggest market clamps down on shipments.

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