Coles and Woolworths are selling $20 lobster this Christmas to support fishers amid China trade war

  • Coles is selling whole lobsters for just $20 this Christmas – half the usual price
  • The supermarket bought 29 times more Western Australian lobster than usual 
  • The retailer is supporting domestic fishers impacted by China’s live import ban 

Coles is selling Australian rock lobsters at half price this Christmas after buying up huge quantities of the luxury seafood which would normally be exported to China.

The supermarket revealed it bought 29 times more Western Australian rock lobsters than it has in previous years to ease pressure on the domestic seafood industry, after the Chinese government slapped a ban on Australian live lobster imports amid an escalating trade war between the two nations.

The world-famous delicacy is now available in Coles’ delis across Australia for just $20 – 50 percent lower than the usual price.

Lobster prices are down Australia-wide as the market is flooded with unprecedented volumes of fresh produce.

Whole lobsters are selling for $30 to $50 at regional wharfs while stalls at Sydney’s famous Fish Market have slashed prices from $120 to $80 per kilogram, 9News reported.

Coles General Manager for Bakery, Deli and Seafood Andy Mossop said the decision was made to support commercial fishers who have been impacted by the international spat.

Relations deteriorated following Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s call for an inquiry into the origins of coronavirus, which was identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Since April, China’s ruling communist party has slapped an 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley, suspended beef imports and instructed students and tourists not to travel Down Under.

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