E-bike tariff exclusion is “doubtful,” but exclusion requests pour in following State Bicycle’s victory

By Steve Frothingham

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — More than a week after the Trump administration announced some tariff exclusions in the Federal Register, the industry is still unclear — or even “doubtful” — if e-bikes earned the exclusion, which would mean millions of dollars of refunded tariffs for importers.

Meanwhile, exclusion requests are pouring in to the U.S. Trade Representative as importers and trade organizations hope to duplicate the success of State Bicycle, which requested an exclusion for single speed road bikes and was granted it, to the benefit of all importers of that type of bicycle.

When State Bicycle learned of its success on Sept. 20 just four other companies had filed requests for exclusions for bike-related products. On Monday, the final day of the exclusion request window, the USTR has received 62 exclusion requests for bike products, from companies including Bell Sports, Santa Cruz, CatEye, J&B, Delta, Parlee and Burley, as well as PeopleForBikes and Retail Industry Leaders Association.

The USTR has yet to grant or deny any of the requests except State Bicycles’. However, the requests from Delta, Parlee and Boaz Audio have advanced from “Stage 1” status to “Stage 2.” There are four stages before a request is granted or …read more

Via:: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News