Dear South Carolina BMW Workers: Soon It Will Be Time To Do Your Patriotic Duty By Losing Your Job

Don’t say they didn’t warn you.

Last weekend, Germany’s Welt am Sonntag reported that BMW had written a letter to Wilbur Ross imploring him not to slap tariffs on auto imports.

“It seems that the threat to impose these sanctions is designed to achieve certain economic goals,” BMW said, before adding that some 120,000 American jobs have been created by BMW’s investment of nearly $9 billion in a Spartanburg, South Carolina, plant.

As the Greenville News reported on Thursday (or, more to the point, just hours ahead of the midnight imposition of Trump’s tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese goods and the immediate retaliatory measures from Beijing), “a study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce projects South Carolina will be the eighth-most affected state by tariffs from Canada, China, the European Union and Mexico imposed in response to new tariffs from President Donald Trump’s administration.”

That data comes from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and you can find the full one-pager for South Carolina embedded below this post.

Well, now that Trump has pulled the trigger and China has responded as expected, BMW is out saying that the company cannot absorb the impact from China’s countermeasures on vehicles made in Spartanburg.

So, they’re going to raise prices in China. To wit, from a statement:

[We are] currently calculating related necessary pricing increases for U.S.-made models imported into China and will announce them at a later stage.

As Reuters notes, “BMW exports high-margin X4, X5 and X6 SUV and crossover models to China [and] last year, [they] shipped more than 100,000 vehicles from the United States.”

Quick question for all the MAGA fans out there: What do you think comes next in this scenario?

Let me give you a hint: BMW will attempt to pass the cost on to consumers in China and if that doesn’t work (i.e., if they lose market share), they’ll either swallow the tariffs (i.e., accept lower margins) or they’ll simply stop making these vehicles in the U.S.

And look, if you don’t believe me, just ask BMW itself, which said this in the same letter to Wilbur Ross cited above:

All of these factors would substantially increase the costs of exporting passenger cars to these markets from the United States and deteriorate the market access for BMW in these jurisdictions, potentially leading to strongly reduced export volumes and negative effects on investment and employment in the United States.

There you go. Sorry, South Carolina BMW workers!

Much like Harley-Davidson employees and Ken Maschhoff’s pig farmers, it looks like you might have to take one for the team here.

But you don’t mind, right? After all, you are a patriot, aren’t you?


Better times: Ca. 2010, celebrating the one millionth X5 SUV built at the South Carolina plant


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2 thoughts on “Dear South Carolina BMW Workers: Soon It Will Be Time To Do Your Patriotic Duty By Losing Your Job

  1. duh. It does not take a really really smart guy (like assface said he was/is) to understand this issue and the most likely results – exactly as stated in this column. But he believes his mobster like threats will heighten China’s eagerness to comply and make him happy.

    Seems to me he has the same, actually much less intelligence level as he said Maxine Waters does — slightly retarded at “60 grade”. The President of this Nation standing at a microphone and bullying anyone, much less Ms. Waters and Ms. Warren, is completely outrageous — and he does this shit every damned day with a nasty smirky grin and relishes in the brain-washed applause of his zombies that follow him. To besmirch John McCain and President HW Bush, both war heroes who have dedicated their entire lives to this country – again, his zombies cheering his insanity — what a disgrace — and Congress sits on their asses and witnesses it all. WHY?

    ( I am now screaming . . .) He expects Harley and perhaps BMW and a bunch of farmers to show their patriotism for America? I would like to see him show his patriotism for America and leave the White House and take all his family baggage too!!!!

  2. There’s no telling how many industrial supply houses, service businesses, etc. dot the landscape around that Spartanburg, South Carolina, plant.

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