For the fifth consecutive year, BMW is the largest vehicle exporter in the U.S. by value, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
BMW’s sprawling factory in Spartanburg, S.C., exported 234,689 X-series crossovers in 2018 valued at more than $8.4 billion.
The escalating trade war between the U.S. and China is affecting the plant. The two countries ratcheted up automotive duties last year by way of retaliatory tariffs.
China is the biggest export market for the plant, which employs more than 11,000 workers. Nearly a third of that export volume was headed to China.