January 29, 2017
The United States want to punish the European Union by raising the import tax for a lot of products from Europe, including motorcycles. This will hurt the European motorcycle industry – but not only them.
The reason for this proposal: the European Union bans the import of American beef and beef products produced from animals that have been given growth hormones. The Office of United States Trade Representative proposes to add an import tax on motorcycles with an engine size between 51cc and 500cc imported from the European Union.
The ban is also criticised by many groups inside the US, all the way ahead by the American riders. The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) 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. »There is no logical link between motorcycles and beef,« said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president of government relations. »Should the availability of motorcycles be hindered by these unjustified trade sanctions, dealerships may close, leaving countless Americans without jobs,« Allard said. »The negative effects of the proposed 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.«
And – of course – ACEM, (Association des Constructeurs Européens de Motocycles), representing the motorcycle industry in Europe, isn’t happy with the proposed extra import tax on motorcycles. ACEM’s Secretary General, Antonio Perlot: »An inclusion of motorcycles in a list of items subject to higher duties when entering the US would negatively impact manufacturers producing motorcycles up to 500 cc originating from Europe. Such a measure would not only negatively affect the European industry, but also the US consumer, economically and potentially in terms of choice.« Antonio continues: »There is no justification for such measure – the motorcycle sector should not be dragged into trade disputes over food products. ACEM, as the representative of motorcycle manufacturers in Europe, is obviously following this issue closely.«
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