Federal Trade Agency Holding Motorcyclists Hostage

Mar 01, 2017 View Comments by

Bikes for Beef tax

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is embroiled in a dispute with the European Union over U.S. beef that contains hormones. So, instead of working out a solution based on agricultural products, the Trade Representative included motorcycles in its proposed 100 percent tariffs on some products imported from Europe. The tariff would affect motorcycles with an engine size between 51 and 500cc.

A member of the USTR staff stated in a February 15 public hearing that the USTR hopes to use motorcyclists as leverage to get the E.U. to reverse its policy on U.S. beef.

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. And this tariff would harm American consumers by raising prices and reducing product choice.

The USTR is accepting rebuttals to the February 15 testimony. This provides an opportunity for the public to voice its opinion on the proposed Bikes for Beef tax. The AMA is making it easy to voice your concern by signing its petition. The deadline is March 7.

The AMA will submit every name and address to the USTR. To learn more, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

Text and Photography: AMA


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