Tariffs

Posted November 14, 2019
Rad Power is promoting discounts, but not because of any tariff news.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — While negotiations are continuing and things can change quickly in the Age of Trump, as of Thursday morning the U.S.-China trade war continues and there is no agreement to roll back tariffs on e-bikes, despite some optimistic reports elsewhere in the bicycle media industrial complex.

Posted November 11, 2019
The CatEye Velo7 bike computer.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The Trump administration has granted a tariff exclusion to importers of some bike computers from China thanks to a request from CatEye America. However it denied a California nonprofit organization's request for an exclusion for China-made kids bikes. 

Posted October 28, 2019
A screenshot of part of the USTR document granting the exclusion.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The U.S. Trade Representative has granted a tariff exclusion for China-made carbon fiber frames, an exclusion requested by Parlee Cycles, Inc.

Posted October 25, 2019

STOCKHOLM (BRAIN) — Thule Group is reporting healthy sales in its third quarter in all markets except the U.S., where uncertainty about tariffs has caused some retailers to reduce orders. 

Posted October 3, 2019
Hubs and cassettes were on the original list, but testimony from industry apparently led to their removal.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — The industry escaped another potential tariff threat — this time on European hubs and cassettes — likely thanks to testimony in Washington from Matt Moore, QBP's counsel and chair of the legal and legislative committee for the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association.

Posted September 30, 2019
Electric motorcycles got a tariff exclusion. Some are doubtful that e-bikes got the same.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — More than a week after the Trump administration announced tariff exclusions, the industry is still unclear — or even "doubtful" — if e-bikes earned it. Meanwhile, exclusion requests pour in as importers and trade organizations hope to duplicate the success of singlespeed importer State Bicycle.

Posted September 20, 2019

TEMPE, Ariz. (BRAIN) — While requests are still being accepted, so far just five importers asked for their products to be excluded from new tariffs. One of them, State Bicycle Co., received the exclusion.

Posted September 20, 2019
UPDATED: Still some uncertainty whether e-bikes were granted the exclusion.
Singlespeed bikes like this State 4130 are no longer subject to an extra 25% import duty.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Singlespeed adult bikes and, apparently, e-bikes, have earned an unexpected reprieve from tariffs imposed by the Trump administration last year.

Posted September 19, 2019
The State Bicycle 4130.

TEMPE, Ariz. (BRAIN) — State Bicycle Co., a consumer direct bike brand, recently moved production of two of its most popular models to Taiwan from China to lessen the effects of tariffs during the ongoing U.S.-China trade war.

Posted September 11, 2019
Items on tariff lists 1, 2, and 3 were set to increase from 25% to 30% on Oct. 1. On Wednesday, President Trump said that increase will be delayed until Oct. 15.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday tweeted that a planned increase in tariffs on Chinese goods, including many bike products, will be delayed 15 days.

Posted August 30, 2019
The increased tariff will be imposed on a wide variety of bike parts, accessories, and apparel, including lights and helmets.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The Chinese products that were set to receive an additional 10% tariff starting at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, will now be receiving a 15% additional tariff, instead, the U.S. Trade Representive said in a Federal Register post Friday.

Posted August 14, 2019
Balance bikes get reprieve until Dec. 15, however.
Requisite stock photo of ship. Photo by kinsey on Unsplash.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — While President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that his administration will delay some tariffs on Chinese imports until Dec. 15, most bicycle products remain on a list subject to increased tariffs Sept. 1. 

Posted August 1, 2019

SHANGHAI (BRAIN) — President Donald Trump on Thursday said the U.S. will impose a 10% tariff on Chinese goods worth $300 billion in annual imports. That includes bicycle products not previously subject to new Trump tariffs, including helmets, lights, apparel and shoes.

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