Petition Against Higher Taxes on Bicycling
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA
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The CITT issued its recommendation in response to a complaint filed by 2 companies (Raleigh and Procycle) that are already protected by two layers of Canadian border protection - an unusually high 13\% customs tariff that is applied to every bicycle imported into Canada, and antidumping duties that have been imposed on bicycles from Taiwan and China for over a decade.
It would not be in the public interest to add a third layer of protection for many reasons, including:
- Higher bicycle costs will discourage a healthy family recreational activity at a time of rising concern over the physical fitness of Canadia adults and children.
- Given Canada's Kyoto commitments regarding greenhouse gas emissions, environmentally friendly means of transportation should be encouraged, not discouraged.
- It does not make sense to impose additional taxes on cycling when rising gasoline prices are making driving unafforable to many Canadians.
- It is unfair to hurt hundreds of small Independent Bicycle dealer ("IBD")
businesses located across canada to protect a relatively small number of jobs in a couple of towns.
- Imposing protectionist barriers on imports from developing countries will not help Canada to diversify and grow its trade with these increasingly important trading partners.
- Many Canadaians will refuse to pay these higher taxes, and cross-border bicycle shopping and smuggling will grow.
We therefore strongly oppose the proposed additional 30\% surtax on imported bicycles and hereby request that the Government of Canada reject the CITT's recommendation.