BMW gets access to the 700-auto batch
Notably, in the morning of July 6th (local time), Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held talks with German enterprises, including BMW automakers.
Mr. Karsten Engel, Regional Manager BMW in Southeast Asia, mentioned the batch of 700 autos worth 15 million euros which is being held in Ho Chi Minh City’s port. This car batch is rusting away and has restricted the car trade between BMW and Vietnam for the last 7 months.
In answer to this issue, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed that it is not BMW but its agent in Vietnam that would have to take the blame for this incident. The customs clearance of this batch has been halted, due to numerous violations found in the imports of BMW’s dealer in Ho Chi Minh City - Euro Auto Company - in late 2016.
“We will continue to investigate and strictly punish the violators in order to protect the legal rights and interests of the investors.”, PM Phuc said.
He immediately directed the Customs Office in Vietnam to allow BMW automakers to access this batch and perform maintenance on condition that BMW replaces its local dealers.