U.S. Ends Tariffs on Chinese Motorcycle Helmets

motorcyclist wearing a helmet

Cheaper Prices Coming Out of China

Due to the tariff wars that have been going on since 2019, some products coming out of certain countries have gotten more expensive. Motorcycle helmets coming out of China were one of those things. Now the tariffs have changed. The Motorcycle Industry Council worked with the USTR and the United States International Trade Commission along with some other agencies to get the tariffs lifted, according to RideApart.

Tariffs are additional taxes paid by American consumers and businesses, not by China,” said MIC big boss Erik Pritchard. Pritchard’s comments on tariffs are a bit misleading. Tariffs are additional taxes, and that tax does often translate to higher costs for the U.S. end consumer, but it’s not like the tariffs are a tax for the American consumer. It’s a tax on the goods coming in from another country. In this case, China. 

Despite his somewhat misleading comment he is more or less right, regular consumers end up footing the bill because those tariffs drive up the costs of those goods. “May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month, so we are pleased that the USTR has decided to exclude additional taxes on motorcycle helmets,” said Pritchard. “Safety equipment must remain affordable and readily available to all riders.” 

Lifting tariffs on these good can be seen both as a good thing and a bad, I’m not going to get into a political argument on tariffs, but I will say that there should be less expensive helmets out there now.


  1. CV
    May 25, 2020

    Why would anyone buy a helmet made in China?

    • Roberto
      May 25, 2020

      For the same reason someone would be an iPhone, or iMac or many other products that are made in China… They’re cheap, who wants to spend up to a grand for a German helmet or 800 for a Japanese helmet when there are always alternatives mainly from China and they’re not all that bad…

    • Keith Singleton
      May 25, 2020

      A lot of name brand helmets are made in China or components are made in China and assembled elsewhere. Harley Davidson branded and Indian branded also have some from China.

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