The U.S. is looking into ending the 50-year long Chicken Tax, which is a 25-percent tariff on all imported trucks.
Originally designed to aid American automakers, the U.S. is using the Chicken Tax as a bargaining chip to help U.S. automakers to increase their presence in emerging markets. The country is currently negotiating free-trade agreements with the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a group of a dozen countries that include Japan.
Many feel that the Chicken Tax has attributed to rising truck prices because of a lack of true market competition. Last year, 1.9-million pickup trucks were sold in America and only about 200 of them were hit with the 25-percent tariff. Essentially, the U.S. plans to keep the Chicken Tax in place unless Japan agrees to open its market and remove trade barriers that discriminate against the U.S. If Japan doesn’t agree, experts believe the tax could stay in place for another 25 to 30 years.
[Source: Detroit News]
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