When the President of the United States Donald Trump threatened to escalate a trade war with Europe by imposing a 20 percent tariff on all us imports of European Union-assembled vehicles via Twitter, European Auto Stocks Index immediately reacted, cratering.
Harley, which sold almost 40,000 motorcycles in Europe a year ago, said it planned to absorb those costs rather than pass them onto customers and risk hurting sales. At the very end, using written shouting, he warns Harley-Davidson they will be taxed like never before. Mr. Trump said. "Harley must know that they won't be able to sell back into USA without paying a big tax!"
If it continues, Harley estimate the tariffs will cost them $90 - 100 million (£67 - 75 million) a year, which is approximately one third of their entire operating profit.
Trump said he spoke with Harley-Davidson officials about the tariffs in other countries for being too high, when they visited him at the White House.
On Monday, Harley-Davidson announced it is moving some production overseas because of retaliatory measures from the European Union against Trump's duties on steel and aluminum from the bloc.
But the president's claim that the Kansas City plant's operations are moving to Thailand are disputed by both Harley-Davidson and leaders of the union representing workers at the plant.
The new measures raise tariffs on U.S. motorcycles sold in the European Union from 6% to 31%, which for Harley-Davidson adds approximately $2200 to the final cost.
Harley-Davidson says it will not raise its prices to avert "an immediate and lasting detrimental impact" on sales in Europe.
"Surprised that Harley-Davidson, of all companies, would be the first to wave the White Flag", he wrote.
The company has repeatedly described the Thailand factory, along with other overseas production, as vital to its long-term need to boost foreign markets to make up for sluggish sales in the US. In January, it said it would consolidate its Kansas City, Mo., plant into its York, Pennsylvania, facility.
The Thailand plant had no connection with the closure of the Kansas City facility, Harley-Davidson Chief Executive Matt Levatich toldReuters in an interview in February. Harley-Davidson employs more than 6,000 people globally.
Despite that denial, the question that President Trump raised in his first tweet is still unanswered. The company has said ramping up production overseas could take at least nine to 18 months.
Harley-Davidson was already struggling to combat a dip in USA demand by boosting sales overseas to 50% of total annual volume from about 43% now. "Europe is a critical market for Harley-Davidson", said the company in a prepared statement.
Johnson is also a former employee of Harley Davidson in West Fargo, where he was a parts manager for 14 years.
It's unclear how Harley-Davidson's plans will be received by motorcycle owners. Trump tweeted early Tuesday. This is clearly targeted at Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson, though Indian Motorcycles (and parent company Polaris) will also be impacted.
The same day, Trump reiterated his intention to slap new tariffs on European cars and announced a specific number: 20 percent.
Trump has used Harley-Davidson as an example of a United States business harmed by trade barriers in other countries, but Harley had warned that tariffs could negatively impact its sales.
John Lowery, a sales manager with Battlefield Harley-Davidson in Straban Township, Adams County, said he isn't that concerned, since the move involves only production of Harley's sold overseas.
Ryan says the US should counter unfair trading practices, but says, "There are better tools than tariff increases". For the US, Harley-Davidson production isn't changing: the motorcycles sold in the country will still be made here.
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