Trump threatens Harley-Davidson with tax

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"These worldwide facilities exist to support more competitive pricing by eliminating much of the tax and tariff burden imposed on fully assembled Harley-Davidson motorcycles imported into key global markets".

To avoid paying a 31% tariff to ship motorcycles from the USA to the EU, Harley made a decision to move more production to its plants in places like Thailand and Brazil.

Brown has a reputation for his strong, protectionist trade views, and Wednesday, he voted against an amendment that would have limited the president's power to impose new tariffs by requiring congressional approval.

Harley-Davidson says it would lose about $2,200 for each bike it exported, and a total of up to $100 million a year, due to the hike. He added: "I've done so much for you, and then this".

Harley-Davidson has denied a link between Kansas City and Thailand.

Last year, Harley-Davidson announced it would build a plant in Thailand after Trump pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, which would have abolished tariffs on their motorcycles across 40 percent of the world's economy. Hence, they were just using Tariffs/Trade War as an excuse.

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The motorcycle manufacturer filed the paperwork Monday to move production of motorcycles sold to the European Union to a location outside the U.S.

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

Meanwhile, in order to intensify its sanctions against Iran, the United States has ruled out any exemption to India and Indian companies from carrying out any transactions with Iran. To avoid raising its prices and risk losing business in the valuable European market, Harley-Davidson said it would shift some bike production overseas.

Harley-Davidson executives met with Trump at the White House a year ago after Trump canceled a visit to the company's headquarters in Milwaukee because protests had been planned. If they move, watch it, it will be the beginning of the end.

"Surprised that Harley-Davidson, of all companies, would be the first to wave the White Flag. Harley must know that they won't be able to sell back into US without paying a big tax!" Their employees and customers are already very angry at them. "I understand that the President is a tough negotiator, but I urge him to consider a more targeted approach that protects American workers and businesses".

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