Harley-Davidson to shift some production out of United States over European Union tariffs

Harley-Davidson to shift some production out of United States over European Union tariffs

Harley-Davidson to shift some production out of United States over European Union tariffs

The company, which sold almost 40,000 motorcycles in Europe past year, said it planned to absorb those costs rather than pass them on to customers and risk damaging sales.

He then warned: "If they move, watch, it will be the beginning of the end - they surrendered, they quit!"

Mid-Continent's orders for July are only 30 percent of what they were past year, and Skarich is afraid that many of his lost customers will never return.

The company said in a filing Monday that the European Union tariffs on motorcycles exported from the US rose from 6 percent to 31 percent, the Associated Press reported.

Workers unpack new motorcycles arriving at a Harley-Davidson showroom in Bangkok on May 15.

"A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country-never!" he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. At a presidential debate that year, the motorcycle-boot wearing Walker said his Secret Service nickname as president would be "Harley". A move across the pond would definitely cut their legs out from under them, he said.

It's also kind of silly to think that Harley-Davidson is going to import any bikes that it builds overseas into this country.

USA companies that range from boat-builders to nail manufacturers have warned about the consequences of escalating trade tensions.

"They are not dealing with a great deal of metal, like a combine would be, so how they can say that this will affect them this much could be pure speculation", he said.

Struggling to overcome a slump in US demand, Harley has been aiming to boost sales of its iconic motorcycles overseas to 50 percent of total annual volume from about 43 percent now.




As a business owner, herself, she said she understand why Harley Davidson is making this decision.

Trump says he's getting other countries to reduce and eliminate tariffs and trade barriers, and open up closed markets.

On Monday, the company tried to smooth troubled waters, saying its shift of production overseas would not dent its "strong commitment to US-based manufacturing" which riders around the world valued.

Rory Jorgensen is also a member of both local and national HOG chapters. Sources said that during his recent exchanges with his United States counterparts, India's commerce minister Suresh Prabhu explained that the USA trade deficit would be whittled down in no time considering a growing economy like India would be buying 1000 or more aircraft and huge reserves of energy from the U.S., not to speak of the growing military purchases. "In a sense, if you think about it, it's a win-win for the USA", de Rugy said.

Jorgensen said it would be interesting to see how many businesses Trump has moved overseas. His next move may be to impose steep tariffs on German cars, which would constitute a serious escalation in an economic battle that is translating to real-world losses.

He also said the price of steel has jumped through the roof these past few months. "In the end it will all even out - and it won't take very long!" he said. They are in business to make money. Trump also seems to be unaware that Harley Davidson's entry into India was part of a mangoes-for-motorcycles deal between George Bush and Manmohan Singh, premised on Washington allowing important of Indian mangoes to the United States., a trade that has been mired in bureaucratic red tape.

Early this year, and well before these trade-war issues came up, the bike maker announced the closure of its Kansas City plant in America by mid-2019.

In the past couple of months, President Trump has sparked a major global trade conflict by announcing tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of goods produced in places including China, Mexico and the European Union, driven by a belief that all are undermining the USA economy by producing goods for less money.

In a series of tweets, Mr. Trump framed Harley-Davidson's announcement as a fake-out, claiming the company had already said it would shift manufacturing overseas and was "just using Tariffs/Trade War as an excuse".

Sanders accused the European Union of repeatedly engaging "in unfair trade practices" and that Trump is saying "enough is enough".

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