February 27, 2018
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President Donald Trump today once again raked up the issue of high import duties on Harley-Davidson motorcycles by India, saying the US was “getting nothing” with the New Delhi’s recent announcement that it had slashed customs duty on imported motorcycles from high-end brands to 50 per cent.
Trump added that the US wants fair and reciprocal trade deals.
“When Harley Davidson sends a motorcycle to India, as an example, they have to pay 100 per cent tax,” Trump said in his remarks to a gathering of governors of all the states at the White House.
Trump referring to his recent conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the “fantastic man” informed him that India has reduced tariffs on imported motorcycles, but the US was “getting nothing”.
“Now, PM Modi, who I think is a fantastic man, called me the other day and said we are lowering it to 50 per cent. I said okay, but so far we were getting nothing. So we get nothing and he gets 50 per cent, and they think like they’re doing us a favour. That’s not a favour,” Trump said.
“I wasnt sure. Modi’s a beautiful man and he told me, “I just want to inform you that we had reduced it to 75 per cent, but we have further reduced it to 50.” What do I say? Am I supposed to be thrilled? That’s not good for you people, especially as governors. It’s just not right and we have many deals like that,? Trump added.
Trump said that the US gets “zero” when it buys an Indian motorcycle. “So when they have a motorbike, a big number, by the way, they have a company that does a lot of business,”he added further.
According to Trump, When he spoke with the chairman or the president of Harley, they weren’t even asking for it because they’ve been ripped off with trade so long that they were surprised that Trump brought it up. Trump also said that he’s the one who’s pushing it more than they are, but it was unfair.
Donald Trump further said India sells US a lot of motorbikes. This is for the second time in a month that Trump raised the issue of high import duty on motorcycles by India. Earlier, he had called it “unfair” and threatened to increase the tariff on import of Indian motorcycles to the US.