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Senator presses India to lower H-D motorcycle tariff

June 6, 2008
Filed under Features

During a two-day trip in India, U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) urged the country to lower the tariff on Harley-Davidson motorcycles, which he believes to be unfairly high, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal

Feingold says the tariff prevents H-D from entering the India market on a level playing field.

“The high tariff placed on Harley-Davidson is patently unfair, especially since there are no heavyweight motorcycles manufactured in India,” he said in a statement. “Lowering this extremely high tariff would be an important and symbolic move to show us India’s willingness to open its market to American companies, and in turn help promote broader bilateral relations.”

H-D has relied more on international sales in recent years to offset down U.S. sales. In 2007, the percentage growth for international sales increased in the double digits.

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