Voice Your Opinion on Higher Import Fees for European Motorcycles

Jan 18, 2017 View Comments by

AMA logoThe Office of United States Trade Representative (USTR) is requesting comments regarding its proposal to include tariffs on motorcycles imported to the U.S. from the European Union with an engine size between 51 and 500cc. The proposed tariff would be 100 percent or higher and is a result of the U.S.’ beef trade dispute with the EU. Motorcycles are included on a long list of products that are being proposed for increased import duties.

Voice your opinion!

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.

The 100-percent, or higher, tariff on these motorcycles is proposed will cause serious and potentially irreversible harm to American small- and medium-sized business owners selling the vehicles, the AMA stated in a release. 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) Aprilia; 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.

If you don’t think motorcycles and motorcyclists should be mixed up in the beef trade dispute, visit the AMA and voice your opinion. Comments must be submitted by January 30, 2017.

Text and Image: AMA

 

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