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The Office of United States Trade Representative, as part of a dispute over aircraft subsidies, has proposed 100 percent tariffs on motorcycles imported from countries in the European Union with an engine size between 500cc and 700cc, along with parts and accessories.

The American Motorcyclist Association is joining others in the motorcycling community to oppose the USTRís latest ill-conceived proposal. Motorcyclists should not be penalized with exorbitant tariffs because of an unrelated trade dispute. Any trade sanctions imposed as a result of this dispute should come from more closely related industries or products.

To oppose this tariff, the AMA is asking our members to sign this petition. The petition will be presented to the USTR to demonstrate the motorcycling publicís opposition to the proposal. Please take a moment and complete the form below to protect the future of motorcycling.

Motorcyclists who depend on parts from Europe to keep their motorcycles in safe, working order will face increased cost and decreased availability under this proposal. This will result in motorcyclists putting off critical maintenance and will keep their vehicles off the road, negatively affecting the countless small businesses that depend on motorcycle-based tourism. Additionally, this proposed tariff will cause serious, and potentially irreversible, harm to American small- and medium-sized business owners selling the motorcycles, parts and accessories.

Should the availability of products 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.


Petition link: https://cqrcengage.com/amacycle/app/...ementId=501480

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This all began back in April... I signed the petition then.

Thank you Trump....

Here's another link from the other side of the pond:

https://www.bennetts.co.uk/bikesocia...ted-us-tariffs

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Why only between 500cc and 700cc ?
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Why only between 500cc and 700cc ?
So it won't hurt Harley... The get parts for their bikes from China and other countries.

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Somewhat old news that is not likely to ever see the light of day. You guys aren't up on negotiation tactics are you. When Trump threatened to raise tariffs on the euro/Japanese cars MB, BMW, Audi, VW and the Japanese manufacturers came down so hard on their governments they decided it might be best to come to the table and talk. This was just another move to make them squirm a little more. He hasn't raised the tariff's on cars yet either but also hasn't taken it off the table. And yes, he's protecting an American manufacturer. I don't see the harm in that.

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Somewhat old news that is not likely to ever see the light of day. You guys aren't up on negotiation tactics are you. When Trump threatened to raise tariffs on the euro/Japanese cars MB, BMW, Audi, VW and the Japanese manufacturers came down so hard on their governments they decided it might be best to come to the table and talk. This was just another move to make them squirm a little more. He hasn't raised the tariff's on cars yet either but also hasn't taken it off the table. And yes, he's protecting an American manufacturer. I don't see the harm in that.
Let's see what the negotiation genius in the White House will be achieving with this protectionism. It should be about competition for the best products, not for the most inpredictable import duties. That is not negotiation tactics, that is just a big theatre for his voters.

It was for sure not the German "discount" cars that have ruined the American manufacturers. And noone honestly can think that constant threatening of a 25% car tax or 100% motorcycle tax will solve the problems of the Detroit and Milwaukee based companies. The European Union has already offered to reduce their import duties on US cars down to 0%. As this offer has not been gladly accepted, this just unveils that it has never been about fair trade.

The Chinese are laughing at both the US and the EU for wasting time on this back and forth while they are both copycatting and overtaking our industries by storm.
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Let's see what the negotiation genius in the White House will be achieving with this protectionism. It should be about competition for the best products, not for the most inpredictable import duties. That is not negotiation tactics, that is just a big theatre for his voters.

It was for sure not the German "discount" cars that have ruined the American manufacturers. And noone honestly can think that constant threatening of a 25% car tax or 100% motorcycle tax will solve the problems of the Detroit and Milwaukee based companies. The European Union has already offered to reduce their import duties on US cars down to 0%. As this offer has not been gladly accepted, this just unveils that it has never been about fair trade.

The Chinese are laughing at both the US and the EU for wasting time on this back and forth while they are both copycatting and overtaking our industries by storm.
Sorry, I've been gone a while. You've managed to make a complex issue oversimplified and it's not protectionism...it's fair trade which is not about just taxing the cars from the US. You're missing the other 80% of the issue. Second, protecting Detroit is just a sideline. Again, it's about fair trade which goes beyond one specific industry. But cars and motorcycles imported to the US are more important to Germany than the other way around so a smart negotiator hits you where it will hurt the most and with the industries that have significant influence on your government.

I'm pretty sure China and the EU aren't laughing. Their economies depend significantly more on us than ours does on them. The EU has been on a comparative downside for almost a decade and the only thing China had was to devalue their currency.

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