American success story’Harley-Davidson to shift production out of U.S. to avoid Trump’s trade war
The EU’s tariffs retaliating against Trump’s steel andaluminum levies will cost Harley about $2,200 per bike shipped to Europe
Gabrielle Coppola
June 25, 2018
11:31 AM EDT
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‘American success story’ Harley-Davidson to shift productionout of U.S. to avoid Trump’s trade war
President Donald Trump’s trade war with the European Unionis undermining Harley-Davidson Inc., a manufacturer he embraced soon aftertaking office,
by costing the company as much as US$100 million a year andspurring a shift in motorcycle production out of the U.S.
The EU’s tariffs retaliating against Trump’s steel andaluminum levies will cost Harley about US$2,200 per bike shipped to Europe,according to a Monday filing.
Passing that on to dealers or customers would cause an“immediate and lasting detrimental impact” on the company’s business in itssecond-largest market, so it’ll bear the brunt of the expense.
There’s a lot of irony here, to put it mildly
While Trump has repeatedly claimed that the U.S. can wintrade wars, victims are starting to pile up at home and abroad.
Daimler AG warned last week that escalating tension betweenthe U.S. and China will impair earnings its Alabama SUV plant and lower profitthis year. Harley tied its higher costs to a sequence started by Trump, whopraised the company as a model American manufacturer during a February 2017meeting at the White House.
“A company that is as connected to America, and Americana,as Harley is probably going to be laying off U.S. workers in favor of foreignworkers and going to be losing money as a result of this,” James Hardiman, anequity research analyst with Wedbush Securities, said by phone from New York.“There’s a lot of irony here, to put it mildly.”
Harley, stungby tariffs, shifts some production overseas

EU to taxHarleys, bourbon and other US goods from Friday
Harley didn’t specify which international plants will boostoutput for EU markets. The company operates manufacturing facilities in Brazil,India and Australia,
and is beginning production in Thailand this year.
“We are currently assessing the potential impact on our U.S.facilities,” Michael Pflughoeft, a company spokesman, said in an email.
“We are hopeful the U.S. and EU governments will continue towork together to reach an agreement on trade issues and rescind these tariffs.”
Harley estimated facing US$30 million to US$45 million incosts linked to the tariffs for the remainder of 2018.
Analysts project the company will earn about US$591 millionthis year on US$5 billion of revenue.
Harley estimated that ramping up output in internationalplants for the EU may take at least nine to 18 months.
While the company said it’s committed to making motorcyclesin the U.S., it suggested it has no other choice but to move production fromits home market.
The company sold almost 40,000 bikes in Europe last year,and the continent’s share of total deliveries was the highest since 2011.
“Increasing international production to alleviate the EUtariff burden is not the company’s preference, but represents the onlysustainable option to make its motorcycles accessible
to customers in the EU and maintain a viable business inEurope,” the company said in the filing.
Harley shares fell as much as 4.2 per cent and were down 4per cent to US$42.45 as of 10:35 a.m. in New York. The stock is down 17 percent this year.
The EU’s tariffs are only the latest blowback Harley hasfaced from Trump’s trade policies. The company has warned the president’stariffs on steel and aluminum will drive up raw materials costs.
Chief Executive Officer Matt Levatich also was a supporterof the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which could have lowered barriers in some ofthe largest markets for motorcycles in the world.
Trump withdrew from the long-planned trade pact in January2017.
The week after he pulled the U.S. out of the TPP, Trumphosted Levatich and other Harley executives and union leaders for a
White House listening session and held the motorcycle makerup as an “American success story.”
“So thank you, Harley-Davidson, for building things inAmerica,” Trump said at the time.
A U.S. motorcycle sales slump has deepened since then,spurring Harley’s decision in January to close a plant in Kansas City,Missouri, eliminating about 260 jobs.
The European Commission in Brussels gave final approval lastmonth for a 25 per cent duty on 2.8 billion euros (US$3.2 billion) of EUimports covering a range of U.S.
products including Harley motorcycles, Levi Strauss &Co. jeans and bourbon whiskey. Paul Ryan, the Republican speaker of the Houseof Representatives,
hails from Harley’s home state of Wisconsin, while SenateMajority Leader Mitch McConnell represents Kentucky, a major maker of bourbon.
Watch‘American success story’ Harley-Davidson to shiftproduction out of U.S. to avoid Trump’s trade war

**Trump Attacks, ThreatensHarley-Davidson for Moving Production to Europe **

On Monday,Harley-Davidson announced that it would shift productionof Europe-bound motorcycles out of the United States
in direct response to President Trump’s senseless tradewar.
The president is not taking the news well.
On Monday evening, he tweetedthat he was surprised that Harley “would be the first to wave the White Flag”
in response to his tariff battle, and urgedthe company to “be patient.” But by Tuesday morning, he was in a more vengefulmood.
First, he accused the company of lying about its motivation behind theshift in production.

’sreasoning on this one was — you might want to sit down for this one — off base.
It turns out that Harley’s decision to open aplant in Thailand came in response to a different challenge created by
Trump: hisdecision to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership lastyear.
It closed aplant in Missouri because of a production capacity overflow.)

Trumpalso warned Harley that the company would be heavily taxed if it tried toimport goods from its European production centers back to the U.S.,
though there is no indication that thevehicles it produces there would be sold anywhere but on the continent.

Finally, Trump attempted a more straightforward “you’re gonna besorry!” approach.For those keeping score at home, Trump has now picked fights withAmerica’s most popular sportsleague and
one ofits most iconic companies over the last few months.
Stay tunedfor his inevitable diatribe against apple pie.
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For your reading pleasure. How American is Harley Davidson?

Stick to Canadian Politics

Harley Davidson loves tariffs that benefit them at the expense of the public. They begged Reagan for one so that they could force more Americans to buy their inferior offerings at inflated rates (1984). They succeeded in making it impossible for me to replace the motorcycle that I had stolen in 1983.

I have no use for Harley Davidson. I’ll never own any HD product.

Canada loves tariffs too. Canada has long maintained a high tariff wall on most dairy products. The duty on milk is 270 percent.

BTW: Any fool can cut and paste someone else’s work. Do you have any original thoughts whatsoever?

Thanks Frank .for the memories . Got my Harley in 1953 added a side car in 1954 needed it for winter driving sold it when we started a family . Still love the sound of a Harley .

Those with TDS Syndrome, even Canadians, have a limited scope of reading and research abilities. They also seem to conveniently leave out that Harley had already announced earlier this year, before new tariffs, that they had planned on moving more of their production off shore for labor and other savings not related to the tariffs.

BTW once Harley decided to use a lot of components not made here along with foreign labor I decided I would never buy a Harley! I would rather pay the higher price to have an American made product!

Working on my Harley, I discovered that the suspension was Japanese, and most of the accessories were made in China. American bike? Hardly.

The nickname of Harley for the last few decades—> Hardly!

Except for the local farmers here no one is happy with the dairy/poultry industry stranglehold on pricing in Canada, we consumers least of all. But, the system keeps small farms and family farming operations profitable and on the farm and prevents the large farming conglomerates taking over the industry with mass automation and few workers like we see in the grain industry. Its definitely at a cost though. It finally breaks down to do we as a society pay more for product to ensure the small farmer stays in existence or is it every man for himself and his own interests , ie, wallet first.

ps the every man for himself, that’s why we lost all those jobs to China Korea, Japan Mexico etc, we the consumer demanded lower priced product at the expense of some neighbors job.

Cheap imports…hence the popularity and growth of the Dollar stores across North America.

On the issue of a gallon of milk - my price approximately $5 (Canadian), when I visit out daughter in the Detroit area, approximately $2(US). Why the huge difference?

Need I go on about the dramatic price differences, on many things?

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    In        March, more than 100 dairy farmers across seven states learned that they        would lose a contract that would end their business with Walmart and if        they can’t find anyone else to buy their milk, they could soon have to        sell their cows.
    “As        long as you was milking cows, you always thought there was a hope you'd        get back to it,” said Curtis Coombs, a dairy farmer putting an end to        his family’s nearly 70-year dairy business. “At this point, even if        there's a Hail Mary pass, we're done.”
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Just from experience it is water down more here , BTW no bag milk , seems not as long shelf life

Dairy 101 - Milk spat explained - Dairy 101: The Canada-U.S. milk spat explained - iPolitics

Think side cars are cool but Winter riding mustve been a treat, especially up in Barrie, Orillia , Brighton areas lol. Did you wear a snowsuit ? Im going to assume so.