Motorcycle News - President Trump Responds To Harley-Davidson
President Trump has responded to Harley-Davidson’s decision to move some of its manufacturing overseas – a move triggered by the EU levying harsh tariffs on the Milwaukee-based motorcycle company.
In a series of tweets Tuesday, President Trump accused Harley-Davidson as intending to move production to Thailand long before the tariffs were ever imposed, and the trade war rumblings served as the perfect excuse to move.
“Early this year Harley-Davidson said they would move much of their plant operations in Kansas City to Thailand,” Trump said. “That was long before Tariffs were announced. Hence, they were just using Tariffs/Trade War as an excuse.”
Harley-Davidson is one of many manufacturers with plants in Thailand – Honda, Kawasaki, and Ducati just three, to name a few. Apart from the less expensive labor and manufacturing costs (which are reflected in the MSRP of said motorcycles), producing in Thailand not only avoids the increased EU tariffs, but also dodges Thailand’s charges of up to 60% on imported motorcycles.
To that end, if Harley-Davidson does indeed move some of its manufacturing to Thailand, President Trump has threatened The Motor Company won’t be able to sell back into the United States “without paying a big tax!”
Lastly, President Trump has made his position on Harley-Davidson clear, stating that none of the company’s motorcycles should ever be built outside the US.
As of press time, Harley-Davidson has not responded to any of President Trump’s tweets.
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June 26, 2018 at 03:33PM