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Trade war

Harley-Davidson shifts base for China exports to Thailand

US motorcycle maker also looks to build in EU as tariffs take toll

Tit-for-tat tariffs imposed by China and the EU are driving manufacturing operations of the iconic motorcycle maker out of the U.S.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Harley-Davidson said on Tuesday it plans to move manufacturing of its China-bound motorcycles out of the U.S. to Thailand this year to escape Chinese tariffs levied on American vehicle imports.

The iconic motorcycle maker may also shift some manufacturing to Europe after similar tariffs levied by the European Union on U.S. motorcycles hit the company hard.

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