China Hits American-Made Cars With 25 Percent Tariff, Prevents Delivery Of Some Crossovers

China announced plans to slap an additional 25 percent tariff on vehicles imported from the United States on Wednesday and reports have suggested American-made crossovers are being held up by customs officials in the country.

Yesterday, Reuters said Daimler confirmed authorities are inspecting crossovers made at the company’s plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for potential problems. Little else was known about the incident, but an unverified document suggested officials were examining the GLE and GLS for rear brakes that were “insufficient.”

Authorities are reportedly examining crossovers built between May and June. A Daimler spokesperson said they are “working with the relevant authorities to resolve the issue.”

While the situation appeared to be an isolated incident, a new report from Reuters says the American-made BMW X4 is also facing a similar issue. In that case, authorities are preventing the delivery of 400 crossovers built between April and June.

While the timing seems suspicious, it’s unlikely the trade dispute between China and the United States is causing the problem. BMW told the publication the X4s are part of a recall that impacted around 19,000 of their crossovers. The automaker said the recall was the result of a supplier that delivered rear brake calipers which could potentially be faulty.

Given the focus on rear brakes in both cases, it’s possible that Chinese authorities are examining the Mercedes crossovers to ensure they didn’t use the same rear brake calipers as the BMW X4. Regardless of the reason, the issue appears to be safety related and not politically motivated.

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  • eb110americana

    This seems like two distinct stories: American-made vehicle tariffs in China of 25%, and a rear brake safety concern on BMW and Mercedes crossovers.

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    Art of the deal they say….

  • FactChecker90803

    So then this is an additional 25% tax on the present 25% import tariff, that takes the tariff to 50%, plus the Luxury Tax of 10, 20, 30, 50 or 100% based on the value of the imported car (value is assessed after the import tariff is tacked on), plus the Dispalcement tax of Engines over 3.0L, and a Final 10% sales Tax..

  • Earl Scheib

    Yawn… who cares.

  • Shane

    I didn’t realize safety was a concern there.

  • rover10

    Now it begins!

  • Daniela Wolf

    It was at that moment when BMW and MB knew……

  • Bob White

    The Chinese are holding all the cards. All they need to do is stop shipping and they basically shut down the entire US economy. Would be more effective than 20 nuclear bombs. Americans can’t even build a toaster without Chinese components and that goes for the US military. The best place for an orange carrot supporter is unemployed collecting food stamps… It’s coming.

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