BINH DUONG, Vietnam (BRAIN) — Vietnam customs officials have seized a shipment of 313 bikes that was bound for the U.S., charging that the exporter had improperly labeled the bikes as “Made in Vietnam” to avoid U.S. tariffs on Chinese bikes.
According to a report on a news website operated by the Vietnam customs department, the shipment was valued at $26,000 and was brought into Vietnam by E. Bicycle Co., Ltd., a company that operates in China and Vietnam. According to the officials, E. Bicycle Co., LTD. does final assembly in Vietnam but does not manufacture there.
Photos on the site show customs officials standing next to bike boxes that are labeled Firth Sports, a California-based cruiser bike brand. The company did not respond to an email from BRAIN asking for comment on the story.
Firth Sports sells bikes through Amazon, Kohl’s, and other outlets, using the Firmstrong brand on cruisers and the XDS brand on other bikes.
The Vietnam customs site shows a close-up photo of a “Made in Vietnam” sticker on a cruiser frame. The bike boxes also say “Made in Vietnam.”
The seizure was made Oct. 21, the same day that the Vietnam Ministry of …read more