Motorcycles dodge EU tariffs

Motorcycles and their parts and accessories have been removed from the list of products coming in from European Union countries that would be tariffed as much as 100%, the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) announced.

“Had the tariffs been enacted, that would have meant extremely high prices for our American consumers of European motorcycles, parts and accessories,” Erik Pritchard, executive vice president and general counsel at MIC, said in a press release. “Increased costs would have even discouraged motorcycle riders from performing routine but critical maintenance, such as brake pad and tire replacements, due to potential doubling on the price of parts.”

Representatives from the MIC teamed up with KTM and Indian Motorcycle to testify in Washington, D.C., against the proposed tariffs and held meetings with staff at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

The MIC, Cobra, Ducati, Indian Motorcycle and KTM also submitted written comments to the USTR opposing the tariffs. Additionally, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers submitted its own written comments against the tariffs.

As part of a dispute in April over aircraft subsidies, the Trump administration proposed $11 billion in EU tariffs. Products that would have been affected by the tariffs included 500-700cc motorcycles, parts and accessories. The proposed tariffs would have affected powersports OEMs such as Austria-based KTM and Husqvarna Motorcycles, as well as Ducati, BMW, Triumph and Vespa.

Earlier this month, the USTR released a list of $7.5 billion worth of products it plans to target with tariffs; the list excluded powersports items. However, steel and aluminum tariffs, which have impacted OEMs such as Harley-Davidson and Polaris, are still in effect.

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