25% e-bike tariff is confirmed by USTR, will take effect August 23

By Stephen Frothingham

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The U.S. Trade Representative has approved the inclusion of e-bikes on the list of $16 billion worth of Chinese products that will be hit with a 25 percent tariff starting Aug. 23.

The USTR announced Tuesday that it had finalized the list, which it had first released June 15. After review and a public comment period, the USTR removed just five product categories from the list of 284 categories that was proposed.

The bike industry and consumers had submitted hundreds of comments opposed to the tariff and two industry members spoke at a public hearing in Washington last month. The industry argued that the tariffs would harm suppliers, retailers and consumers, stunt the sales growth of a blossoming environmentally beneficial product, and would do little to protect U.S. e-bike manufacturers, because there are almost none.

The decision came quicker than expected, noted Alex Logemann, the director of state and local policy for PeopleForBikes. The next step for the industry is to petition for exemption from the tariff, he said. Individual companies and trade associations can ask for exemptions. The deadline to submit applications for exemption is Oct. 9 and Logemann said PeopleForBikes and the Bicycle Product …read more

Via:: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News