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BMW has delivered vehicles containing banned Chinese parts to the United States

BMW has delivered vehicles containing banned Chinese parts to the United States

Restrictive US trade policy against China also affects German automakers: according to a US Senate report published on Monday, BMW imported at least 8,000 Mini Coopers into the US containing electronic components from a sanctioned Chinese supplier. The report says that these ingredients have been banned since the 2021 law was issued.

BMW has continued to import products containing the banned parts until at least April. The BMW Group said in an email that it had “taken steps to stop imports of the affected products.” The company will replace the damaged parts.

The US Congress passed the so-called Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) in 2021 to prevent the import of goods from China's Xinjiang region. The Western government assumes that members of the Uyghur minority use forced labor to produce products there. China denies these accusations. The US Congress report calls for more measures because self-regulation for automakers is not enough.

The complexity of the process is demonstrated by the fact that California-based automotive supplier Bourns Inc. purchased components from Sichuan Jingweida Technology Group (JWD). This Chinese company was placed on the UFLPA's suspect list in December. Burns supplied JWD parts to Lear Corp LEA.N, which in turn is a direct supplier to BMW and Jaguar Land Rover. On January 11, Lear sent letters to BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, Volvo and Volkswagen AG informing them of the banned components, the report said.

However, BMW apparently halted imports only after the Commission repeatedly asked Lear and Lear's OEM customers, including BMW, detailed questions about their relationship with JWD. Last February, Volkswagen confirmed that several thousand Porsche, Bentley and Audi cars were detained at US ports because a Chinese supplier violated anti-forced labor laws.