Sydney — Wine shipments from Pernod Ricard’s Australian business have been held up at Chinese ports, two sources have told Reuters, the first foreign company to be harmed by a deterioration in relations between Australia and China. Six Australian wine companies have faced delays at Chinese customs since Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull complained of Chinese political interference late last year, straining ties, a senior government official said this month. The listed French company Pernod Ricard owns the big-selling Australian wine brand Jacob’s Creek. "Pernod Ricard through its ownership of Jacob’s Creek has been impacted by China’s restrictions," said a government source briefed on the issue, who declined to be identified as he is not authorised to talk to the media. Calls to Pernod Ricard’s French office were not immediately returned. A spokesperson for Pernod Ricard declined to answer specific questions, referring Reuters to the industry organisation Wine Australia. It declined t...

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