E-bike industry testifies against proposed tariffs

By Stephen Frothingham

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Two members of the U.S. e-bike industry testified Wednesday in opposition to the Trump adminstration’s proposed 25 percent tariff on e-bikes from China.

The representatives argued that the tariff would harm U.S. businesses and consumers and would not protect any U.S. manufacturers, because there are none.

“While the proposed tariff has the potential to hurt the jobs that our industry supports in areas such as engineering, marketing and sales, it is also unlikely to have any positive effect on domestic manufacturing,” Bob Burns testified. Burns is a vice president and general counsel for Trek Bicycle, and testified on behalf of PeopleForBikes and the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association. Burns is a board member at both organizations.

“Across the U.S. bicycle industry, virtually 100 percent of the electric-assist bicycles sold in the U.S. are manufactured overseas,” Burns said. “And, 100 percent of the motors used in these products are manufactured overseas. Simply put, there is no domestic manufacturing footprint protected by the proposed 25 percent tariff, which is the intended use of tariffs. The U.S. bicycle industry is investing in engineering, research and development, and marketing to continue to provide our customers with a better and more …read more

Via:: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News