Trade/tariffs

Posted February 28, 2018

CANBERRA, Australia (BRAIN) — The notification that specific e-bike imports into Australia must pay a 5 percent surcharge took the nation’s bicycle industry by surprise. And no wonder. The official notification, issued Feb. 14, was buried at the bottom of the last page of a 14-page government document — underneath new tariff considerations for tools used in the slaughter of goats.

Posted October 3, 2017

BRUSSELS (BRAIN) — European bicycle manufacturers plan to keep the pressure on Chinese bicycle manufacturers and are now taking aim at what the European Bicycle Manufacturers Association calls a flood of e-bikes jeopardizing European jobs and manufacturing.

Posted August 22, 2017
Wikimedia Commons photo by Sam Sailor.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — For duty purposes, bike cassettes are once again being treated just like freewheels — exempt from all duty requirements, thanks to a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of International Trade.

Posted September 27, 2016
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN) — PeopleForBikes' Katy Hartnett wants to hear from suppliers who want Congress to ease or suspend import tariffs on parts, accessories or products that they sell in the U.S.

Posted April 17, 2015
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WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Two U.S. Senators have introduced legislation that would lower tariffs — currently as high as 30 percent — on some types of "recreational performance outerwear." Some cycling rain gear might be included in the clothing items that would see a tariff reduction.

Posted November 19, 2014

OTTAWA, Ontario (BRAIN) — Bill Yetman, executive director of the Canadian Independent Bicycle Retailers Association, penned a letter to the country's finance minister this week, asking that the government eliminate duties and tariffs on bicycles in Canada.

Posted June 9, 2014

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Representatives from the bike industry and the advocacy group PeopleForBikes are proposing the U.S. tariffs on imported bikes be reduced or eliminated because bikes have a positive effect on the environment. 

Posted October 15, 2013

KESWICK, Ontario (BRAIN) — Canadian retailers are stuck between a rock and a government unwilling—so far—to drop a proposed tariff increase on imported bicycles despite a shutdown of all major bicycle manufacturing in Canada. 

Posted March 26, 2013

KESWICK, Ontario (BRAIN) — The Canadian government announced earlier this month that it would eliminate tariffs on several categories of imported goods, from baby clothes to skis and snowboards to golf and hockey equipment.

Posted April 16, 2012

LUDHIANA, India (BRAIN) Monday April 16 2012 7:57 AM MT—A proposed 20 percent increase in duties on bikes imported into India from China stands to raise retail prices in that emerging market, according to local media reports.

Posted October 6, 2011

BRUSSELS, Belgium (BRAIN)—The European governing body officially renewed anti-dumping duties today for bikes imported from China at 48.5 percent for the next five years.

Posted June 20, 2011

LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—The European Commission is recommending that anti-dumping duties on Chinese bicycle imports into Europe continue for three years.

Posted July 21, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The House of Representatives passed a miscellaneous tariffs bill on Wednesday that would extend temporary duty suspensions on bicycle tubing, speedometers, road and hydraulic disc brakes and certain rims and cranks.

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