Harley-Davidson will instead absorb the cost and estimates in the short term "incremental cost for the remainder of 2018 to be approximately $30 to $45 million".
US motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson announced on Monday that it would shift some production of its motorcycles overseas to avoid retaliatory tariffs imposed by the European Union (EU) in response to the USA tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. For more than a century, the company has been an icon not just in motorcycle culture but in American culture at large.
The EU began levying the new tariffs Friday on $3.4 billion worth of USA goods such as motorcycles, bourbon and peanut butter.
"I think it's more about corporate greed than anything and obscene profits for the top one percent", said his brother.
Trump said in tweets Tuesday that the company had already announced it was closing a Kansas City plant. Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, a vocal critic of the president's previous tariffs announcements, jumped to Harley's defense after its announcement Monday. The E.U. Friday instituted almost $3.3 billion worth of taxes on imports from the United States, including Harley-Davidson motorcycles, in response to the Trump administration's 25 and 10 percent tariffs on steel and aluminum, respectively, imposed in late May.
President Donald Trump after greeting Harley-Davidson executives on the South Lawn of the White House, February 2, 2017. "Harley must know that they won't be able to sell back into USA without paying a big tax!"
"We are finishing our study of Tariffs on cars from the E.U.in that they have long taken advantage of the U.S.in the form of Trade Barriers and Tariffs". "We need to be there and be relevant and grow our share". That association with Trump also made it a target.
President Donald Trump says he's surprised that Harley-Davidson was first "to wave the White Flag" in a tariff dispute between the US and the European Union.
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That statement drew criticism from Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer, who said on Twitter, "If the Germans started saying this about BMWs or the Japanese about Toyotas, that's a whole lot of Americans out of work". Namely, that its best prospects for additional growth lie outside the United States.
A current advert for a Harley-Davidson bike in Bangkok. The company did not respond to request for comment on Tuesday.
Trump has repeatedly raised the issue of high tariffs by India on high-end Harley-Davidson motorcycles, which in part is responsible for the current trade tension between the two countries. Cox says it's "unfair" of them to now leave.
The Thai plant is also meant to help serve a vast market in mainland China. The company won't raise prices for customers, but will move some production out of the United States.
The company said that retaliatory European taxes on imported motorcycles will have a "significant impact" on its business, increasing the cost of motorcycles by $2,200 on average, so has chose to move production elsewhere.
According to the company, the EU's new tariffs will increase the cost of a motorcycle shipped from the USA to Europe by $2,200. Even Harley Davidson is not exercised over the issue and it seeks to expand its footprint overseas.
New Delhi is both aghast and mystified about the US President's priorities, and how poorly he is briefed on the matter, as it struggles to get the word across that the trade scrap, much less Harley Davidson's woes, is hardly worth the time in an engagement with hundreds of billions on the line in the coming decade.
"I expect many other companies will be forced reluctantly to move production as Harley has done in order to maintain their viability", Edward Alden, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, told Business Insider.