When the European Union rejects imports of U.S beef, what does the United States do? They tax motorcycles! Um, excuse me? What do cattle and cycles have in common? Nothing; absolutely nothing!
But you read it right- the Office of United States Trade Representatives has petitioned to place stiff tariffs on a list of European products as a result of a ban the EU placed on U.S. meat and meat products treated with certain hormones. The list includes motorcycles and mopeds with an engine size between 51cc and 500cc imported from the European Union. Affected manufacturers include Aprilia, Beta, BMW, Ducati, Fantic, Gas Gas, Husqvarna, KTM, Montesa, Piaggio, Scorpa, Sherco, TM, and Vespa.
“There is no logical link between motorcycles and beef,” said Wayne Allard, American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) vice president of government relations. “It is absurd to even consider such a move.”
If you would like to voice your opinion as to why motorcycles should not be mixed up in the U.S./European Union beef trade dispute, you can click this link here.