Federal trade agency proposes higher import
fees on certain motorcycles
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The Office of United States Trade
Representative requested comments on Dec. 28 regarding its proposal to include tariffs on motorcycles
imported from the European Union with an engine size between 51cc and 500cc in
the E.U. - U.S. beef hormone trade dispute. The deadline to submit comments is Jan. 30.
The American Motorcyclist Association opposes the proposed tariff, because trade
disputes residing within the boundaries of the agricultural industry should not
be solved with trade sanctions levied against non-agricultural products.
Specifically, a 100 percent, or higher, tariff on these motorcycles is
proposed. This will cause serious and potentially irreversible harm to American
small- and medium-sized business owners selling the vehicles. Additionally,
consumers will be denied access to certain models of competition and
recreational motorcycles that contribute to the lifestyle and wellbeing of
millions of American families.
Manufacturers that will be impacted: 1) Aprilla; 2)
Beta; 3) BMW; 4) Ducati; 5) Fantic; 6) Gas Gas; 7) Husqvarna; 9) KTM; 10) Montesa;
11) Piaggio; 12) Scorpa;
13) Sherco; 14) TM; and 15) Vespa.
Should the availability of product be hindered through unjustified trade
sanctions on European-produced motorcycles, dealerships may close, leaving
countless Americans without jobs.The negative effects
of the proposed trade sanctions will not only harm the motorcycle sales
industry, but will spread through the aftermarket equipment sector, recreation
equipment sales, the sports entertainment industry and further down the line.
You can do something to prevent this from happening!
Use the AMA's easy to use tools to submit comments to the USTR by Jan. 30 to
say you oppose the idea to penalize motorcyclists in the beef trade dispute.
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