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Imported Ford Motor Company cars are being held up at Chinese ports, reports Reuters, citing three sources familiar with the situation.

Why it matters: It's a sign that escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and China are pushing Beijing to increase scrutiny of American imports.

The details: Sources told Reuters that "Ford cars and those of its premium Lincoln brand were facing unusual delays at customs, with officials asking for extra technical checks."

  • "Two of the people said U.S.-made models of some German carmakers, mainly SUVs, being brought into China, were also affected."

It's not just cars:

  • Bloomberg reported that the Chinese are not buying American soybeans amid the trade fight.
  • Reuters reported Tuesday that "China had ramped up inspections of pork shipped from the United States, after the country’s customs agency said it would step up quarantine checks on American apples and logs."

Go deeper: Washington and Beijing laid out their trade demands last week

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