Today is deadline for public comments about proposed e-bike tariff

By Stephen Frothingham

Retailers, consumers and suppliers have left dozens of comments opposed to the e-bike tariff. Industry representatives will speak in Washington later this week.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Monday July 23 is the final day that the U.S. Trade Representative will be accepting public comments about its proposed 25 percent tariff on e-bikes and other goods. A public hearing is scheduled for this Wednesday and at least two industry representative are expected to speak.

Comments can be left on the Regulations.gov website at regulations.gov/comment?D=USTR-2018-0018-0001. Comments also can be submitted via the PeopleForBikes website: peopleforbikes.org/object-tariffs-on-e-bikes-suppliers.

Last month the Trump administration added China-made e-bikes and e-bike motors to a list of 284 product categories that it proposes should be subject to the tariff. On the same day the adminstration released a list of 818 product codes, representing $34 billion in imports, that became subject to the duty on July 6. That list includes some bike GPS units, and bearings used by bike component makers and shops.

So far at least 60 people have left comments on the USTR website regarding the e-bike tariff. The comments come from consumers, retailers and industry suppliers. The USTR office moderates the comments …read more

Via:: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News