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Key tariff exclusions, including on e-bikes, will expire June 14

Published May 24, 2024

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Importers of Chinese-made e-bikes, juvenile bikes and some other bike products will be responsible for an additional 25% tariff on those products starting June 14.

The U.S. Trade Representative's office on Friday announced that exclusions from the Section 301 tariffs imposed by the Trump administration — after being extended several times — will be allowed to expire this time.

The exclusions were set to expire May 31. Instead, the USTR will extend the exclusions until June 14 in a transition period.

After that, imports of e-bikes, children's bikes, some carbon fiber frames and water packs will be subject to the extra 25% duty on top of long-standing tariffs. E-bikes are not subject to any other tariffs. The additional tariff will apply to products coming through Customs after midnight on the 14th; products already cleared are not subject to the tariffs. 

The USTR is extending exclusions for Chinese-made bicycle trailers and some bicycle helmets to June 1, 2025. These exclusions are listed under Annex C in the USTR announcement.

PeopleforBikes said it continues to advocate for tariff relief and clarity on recent USTR rulings.  

The exclusions were most recently extended in December to the May 31 deadline. The USTR accepted comments from industry members in January and February. Earlier this month, President Joe Biden said the administration would impose new tariffs on Chinese products including EV's and lithium-ion batteries, but it was unclear until Friday how the administration would treat bike and e-bike products. 

Topics associated with this article: Tariffs

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