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Harley Davidson Row: India Thinks It’s Doing us a Favour, Donald Trump Says

Trump called PM Narendra Modi a fantastic man but said reduced tariffs on imported motorcycles is not benefiting US.

Published: February 27, 2018 10:01 AM IST

By News Desk

US President Donald trump
US President Donald trump

New Delhi, Feb 27: United States President Donald Trump has said that America is getting nothing from India’s announcement that it had slashed import duty on Harley Davidson motorbikes to 50 per cent. He 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.

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Trump called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a fantastic man and said “that Modi informed him that India has reduced tariffs on imported motorcycles, but the US was “getting nothing”. “I wasn’t 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.

Calling it unfair, Trump threatened to increase the tariff on import of Indian motorcycles to the US. This is for the second time that US President has raised this issue. Imported motorcycles from high-end brands such as Harley-Davidson and Triumph are set to get cheaper in India with the reduction in the tariffs. Earlier, import of motorcycles with engine capacity of 800cc or less used to attract 60 per cent duty, while those with the capacity of above 800cc, attracted 75 per cent duty. In India people are crazy for American cult bike maker Harley Davidson. People take it as pride in owning this bike.

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