Washington to impose tariffs on $60 billion of Chinese imports — no word yet if bikes will be included

By Stephen Frothingham

WASHINTON, D.C. (BRAIN) — President Trump announced Thursday he was beginning to take steps toward imposing tariffs on up to $60 billion of Chinese imports. Motivation for the tariffs is the administrations belief that China has a history of forcing U.S. companies to surrender intellectual property and trade secrets to do business in China. The punitive tariffs are an attempt to redress this balance.

Trump has tasked U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to announce over the next 15 days the list of products to be hit with the tariff increases and to allow public comment. Without seeing a list of Harmonized Tariff Schedule codes —the 10-digit import classification system — that will receive the additional tariff it is hard to know what bicycle specific goods are targeted, if any.

The Outdoor Industry and 16 other trade associations sent a letter to Trump expressing “our very strong opposition to any tariff increases on U.S. imports of consumer products, such as clothing, shoes, home goods, fashion accessories, or travel goods from China.”
At the time the letter was published no bicycle industry associations had signed on.

Most bicycle parts and components are low tech and would seem to be outside of retaliation …read more

Via:: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News