BMW Will Move Some U.S. Jobs Overseas And Raise SUV Prices In Response To Trump Tariffs

By Sahid Fawaz

Bad news for American workers and consumers: jobs are going to China and prices are going up.

The Post and Courier reports:

“Automaker BMW says it will build more of its popular SUVs overseas to offset the higher cost of sending cars to China due to recently enacted tariffs.

BMW also said it will raise the price of South Carolina-built vehicles sold in China to help offset that country’s new 40 percent import tax on cars from the U.S., retaliation for higher tariffs on Chinese goods imposed by President Donald Trump.

The dpa news agency reported that Munich-based BMW said Monday it is ‘not in a position to completely absorb the tariff increases.’

BMW builds key SUV models in Spartanburg County, where it employs 10,000 people. Those vehicles are exported to 140 countries, making BMW the largest U.S. auto exporter. Most of the cars made in the Upstate are shipped overseas through the Port of Charleston’s Columbus Street Terminal.

BMW and Chinese partner Brilliance Automotive Group Holdings signed an agreement Monday to expand their joint venture, the German automaker said in a news release. The deal will boost the number of cars produced annually at two facilities in China to 520,000 by 2019.

‘Our agreement sets a long-term framework for our future in China — a future involving continued investment, further growth and a clear commitment to the development and production of electric vehicles,’ BMW CEO Harald Krueger told Bloomberg.”

For the rest of the story, visit the Post and Courier here.

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