Former Harley Davidson dealer Jim Renacci criticizes company's decision to export jobs

Drew Angerer  Getty Images President Donald Trump after greeting Harley Davidson executives on the South Lawn of the White House

Drew Angerer Getty Images President Donald Trump after greeting Harley Davidson executives on the South Lawn of the White House

The European Union, she alleged, is attempting to punish United States workers with unfair and discriminatory trade policies, and Trump will continue to push for free, fair and reciprocal trade in hopes that the EU will join is in that.

Although Harley-Davidson had plans to move some operations to Thailand, it has chose to move all European-bound production overseas due to the EU's tariffs.

United Steelworkers, which represents some Harley employees and has supported some of the president's tariff announcements, said it does not know yet how the company's decision will affect USA employment. "Hence, they were just using Tariffs/Trade War as an excuse", he tweeted. And numerous countries are now moving forward with retaliatory tariffs against the USA, such as the ones European leaders have leveled at Harley Davidson, to try and exert political pressure on Trump to back down.

In response to the USA tariffs, the European Union began charging import duties of 25 percent on a range of US products including big motorcycles like Harley's on June 22.

The shift in production is an unintended effect of Trump's administration imposing tariffs on European steel and aluminium early this month, a move created to protect United States jobs. As the European Union is Harley-Davidson's second-largest market, accounting for almost 40,000 motorcycle sales in 2017 alone, it is a market the company clearly does not want to lose.

"We need to be there and be relevant", Levatich said.

It said it would raise investment in its worldwide plants, though it did not say which ones.

The company is only the latest targeted by Trump for various reasons. He also vowed to retaliate against Harley-Davidson with taxes and said its "employees and customers are already very angry at them". The company blamed the move on the tit-for-tat tariffs that began with the Trump administration slapping a 25 percent tariff on steel and aluminum. "They're tax increases on Americans, they don't work, and apparently we're going to see more of this".

Europe is now the fastest-growing market for the iconic American brand.




A current advert for a Harley-Davidson bike in Bangkok. It added that the decision is the only way to operate a viable business in Europe, which Harley-Davidson called a 'critical market'.

In a series of Twitter posts on Tuesday morning, Trump suggested the famous American brand was using trade tensions over tariffs as an excuse to move production. However, Harley-Davidson has warned consistently against tariffs, saying they would hurt sales.

The Thai plant is also meant to help serve a vast market in mainland China.

But what if the price of a Harley goes up to keep it in America.

In a regulatory filing Monday, Harley-Davidson explained the move is in response to retaliatory tariffs imposed by the European Union.

Harley Davidson estimated that raising tariffs on its motorcycles from 6 percent to 31 percent will raise the price of its motorcycles in the European Union by about $2,200 each. AshLee Strong says the best way to help American workers, consumers and manufacturers is to open new markets and not raise barriers.

Europe is becoming more important to the company as United States sales slump.

Trump wrote that Harley "must know that they won't be able to sell back into USA without paying a big tax!"

After the Wisconsin-based motorcycle manufacturer announced that it would be shifting some manufacturing overseas, threatening jobs at its plants in America, Trump singled it out on Twitter.

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