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Trump slams India for high import tariffs on Harley-Davidson

Washington: President Donald Trump today criticised India for Harley-Davidson motorcycles and threatened to increase the tariff on “thousands and thousands” of Indian motorcycles to the US.

During a discussion with members of the Congress on the steel industry, Trump said the recent decision of the Indian government to reduce the tariff from 75% to 50% was not enough and asked that it should be reciprocal, as the US imposes “zero tax” on the of motorcycles.

“We have so many countries where we made a product, they make a product, they pay a tremendous we pay a tremendous tax to get into their countries motorcycles, Harley Davidson it goes into a certain country. I won t mention the fact that it happens to be India, in this case,” the US president said amidst laughter from the audience.

Trump also indirectly referred to the recent conversation he had with Prime Minister in this regard.

“And a great gentleman called me from India and he said, we have just reduced the tariff on motorcycles, reduced it down to 50% from 75, and even 100%,” Trump said, in an apparent reference to his last week’s conversation with Prime Minister Modi.

“..If you are Harley Davidson, you have 50 to 75% tax, tariff to get your motorcycle, your product in. And yet they sell thousands and thousands of motorcycles, which a lot of people don t know, from India into the United States. You know what our tax is? Nothing,” he told the lawmakers and his Cabinet colleagues.

Trump once again pitched for a “reciprocal tax” on countries that he says “abuse” their trade relationships with the US.

Trump has floated the idea of a reciprocal tax in the past, promising to slap it on countries, including allies, that take advantage of the United States and its huge market.

Imported motorcycles from high-end brands, including Harley Davidson and Triumph, are set to get cheaper as the government slashed customs duty to 50%.

Earlier, of motorcycles with engine capacity of 800cc or less used to attract 60% duty, while those with capacity of 800cc or more attracted 75% duty.

The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), through a notification on 12 February, has slashed the duty on both these variants of motorcycles imported as completely built units (CBU) to 50%.

Indian industry experts said the duty rates have been rationalised for these motorcycles as it has been an industry demand for long and such high-end bikes are not manufactured in India currently.

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