The American authorities have detained thousands of cars of those brands German luxury cars Audi and Porsche, which are on board, in ports in the United States, due to customs problems related to parts made in China, according to DPA this Thursday.
Both products, which belong to German car manufacturer Volkswagen (VW), including parts manufactured by dealers of this union in western China, including Xinjiang province, which has become the subject of international human rights concerns due to China’s treatment of the Uyghur Muslim minority.
“We are working to correct customs-related delays in the delivery of certain Volkswagen Group vehicles from US ports to dealers,” a group spokesman told the agency.
“Delivery of vehicles is ongoing, but unfortunately there may be delays,” the spokesperson added. “This is due to a small electronic part of the main control unit, which will be replaced in the affected vehicles as soon as the necessary parts are available.”
According to the German business newspaper ‘Handelsblatt’, 13,000 new cars from Audi and Porsche subsidiaries, as well as British luxury brand Bentley, also owned by Volkswagen, have been affected by the problem.
According to the British newspaper ‘Financial Times’, the item in question comes from western China and may not be used in the United States due to domestic laws against forced labor.
However, it seems that Volkswagen was not aware of the origin of the part because it had been installed on a major component by a supplier. The company only got this information through a warning from a supplier and then notified the authorities in the United States.
“We are clarifying the facts and taking appropriate measures,” explained a Volkswagen spokesman. “This may also include terminating the relationship with the service provider if our investigation confirms a serious breach.”
Volkswagen has long been criticized for its manufacturing operations in western China. In the Xinjiang region, Volkswagen operates a production plant and test track with its Chinese partner Saic.
On Wednesday, Volkswagen announced that it will talk to Saic “about the future direction of business activities in Xinjiang province.” “Various incidents are currently under serious investigation,” the company said.
Last week, German chemical giant Basf announced the sale of shares in two of its joint ventures in Korla, China, in the central Xinjiang region, following recent media reports linking Chinese affiliates to possible human rights abuses. .
Uyghur activists and human rights organizations have been reporting for years that hundreds of thousands of people in Xinjiang are being sent to re-education camps against their will, and in some cases tortured and forced into forced labor. The Chinese government denies the allegations.
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