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    RSS Feed Donald Trump: Harley-Davidsons should "never" be made abroad

    The US president says the motorcycle firm's new Thailand factory marks "the beginning of the end".

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    As you sow, so shall you reap Mr. Trump.

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    This is nothing new. Blame Trump to disguise the real reason behind moving production. I can remember back in 2002 when Dyson shipped his hoover manufacturing to the far east. This is after he had been given a massive grant from the then government to design this no bag hoover. At the time, manufacturing costs were the excuse to put 800 people out of work. The company announced it would save at least 30% by moving production away from the UK. Within six months of the closure, the actual price of a new Dyson hoover had increased by 10%. What's the saying? Smoke and mirrors!

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    HD announced plans to build in Thailand early 2017 so nothing to do with EU tariffs more likely to avoid Thailand and Asian tariffs on big bikes and with Thailand being part of ASEAN it means that motorcycles built there can be sold around Asia competitively same as BMW, Ducati and Triumph.
    Not to mention very favourable incentives for building bikes over 500cc in Thailand.

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    They may have planned to start manufacuring in Asia a long time ago but as far as I know, that was to service the Asian market. Thailand for example, places high import tarriffs on big bikes built abroad. This move is stated to be to avoid EU tarrifs so it appears they will be building bikes in Thailand to sell into Europe - a direct response to the current tarriff war.

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    As far as I can see it appears to be that a previous plan now has another possible benefit rather than being a new idea.
    Not knowing the finer details such as exchange rates THB to EUR/GBP versus USD to EUR/GBP plus difference in old/new US to EU and Thailand to EU tariffs it remains to be seen what the consumer will end up paying.
    I do know that the dwindling pound has made my wish list Ducati ever more expensive in the UK so might have to wait and buy one in Thailand instead
    Could the EU impose higher tariffs on HD imports from Thailand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natty View Post
    ... Could the EU impose higher tariffs on HD imports from Thailand?
    Yes..
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