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U.S. built Mercedes-Benz SUV's held up by Chinese customs.

And now comes the Niggling Little Details phase of the Trade War:

Mercedes-Benz sports utility vehicles built in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, are being checked for potential problems by Shanghai customs authorities, Daimler (DAIGn.DE) confirmed on Thursday, as a trade dispute between the United States and China heats up.

Mercedes-Benz GLE and GLS models, built in the United States between May 4 and June 12, 2018, have a brake issue which poses a “safety risk,” according to a Chinese customs document circulating on Chinese social media.

The document said authorities in Shanghai had found the rear brakes on these vehicles to be “insufficient.” The authenticity of the documents could not be verified with Chinese authorities.

Over at Zero Hedge, Tyler Durden quips, "We are sure it's just a coincidence."

Wink wink, nudge nudge.

This could be slightly more serious: Apple could be used as a 'bargaining chip' in the trade war, Chinese state media warn.

Apple will probably announce its new iPhones (and maybe iPads) next month, so keep an eye out for China's next move.