China customs lifts suspension on Tesla Model 3 imports


Automotive News | 2019-3-15

BEIJING -- China's customs authority lifted a suspension on imports of Tesla's Model 3, an official in the authority's news department said Thursday.

"We can confirm that the warning notice on Tesla has been canceled," said the official, who only gave his surname as Tao.

Tesla declined to comment. Two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters earlier on Thursday that the suspension had been lifted after Tesla made modifications.

China's General Administration of Customs stopped clearing Tesla Model 3 imports last week, saying they did not have the required Chinese language warning signs and had missing or incorrect nameplate labels.

Tesla said at the time that the company had reached a solution with authorities.

The California-based company only started delivering Model 3 cars to China at the end of February. China is a key market where Tesla has been trying to revive sales hit hard by Sino-U.S. trade tensions.

Tesla imports all the vehicles it sells in China but it is in the process of building a factory in Shanghai that will initially manufacture Model 3 cars and help it minimize the negative impact of tariffs.

Tesla broke ground on the Shanghai factory in January and CEO Elon Musk has said the company aims to finish initial construction this summer and start Model 3 output toward the end of the year. 

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