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Leica products could face 25% import tariff in USA

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M10 and 75mm Noctilux, a near-$20,000 Corinthian bagatelle. Could it soon be 25% more expensive in the USA? Trade wars loom for Leica....

Could Leica cameras and lenses soon be over 25% more expensive in the USA? Leica Rumors reports today that the US government’s increased import duties could involve “objective lenses and parts & access thereof, for cameras, projectors, or photographic enlargers….”.

The report in several US media sources cites “products of Germany” but, if there are to be increased tariffs, they will surely apply to exports from the whole of the European Unity, including Portugal, where Leica has a factory, and the UK which still produces cinematograph lenses.

M10 and 75mm Noctilux, a near-$20,000 Corinthian bagatelle. Could it soon be 25% more expensive in the USA? Trade wars loom for Leica....
M10 and 75mm Noctilux, a near-$20,000 Corinthian bagatelle. Could it soon be 25% more expensive in the USA? Trade wars loom for Leica….

It is by no means certain that these increased tariffs will be applied and there is equal haziness over a similar 25% surcharge on cars from the EU and how this would impact European manufacturers’ factories in the USA. We can also assume that any tit-for-tat duties would raise the price of some technology products from the USA, including, possibly, Apple products. Most, however, are made in China.

The European Union is noted for its protectionism in order to support local industries, especially in the agricultural area, and a reciprocal trade war between the the Union and the USA can only be bad for consumers. Let’s hope someone sees sense before it is too late.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Taxing times, indeed. The way to compete is to produce better products more efficiently, but that is not flavour of the month in certain quarters. It could get an awful lot worse, before it gets better, if ever. How did we end up here? Apportioning blame could take up the rest of our lives.

    William

  2. Hardly any sense to this. I bought an M10 D now just to avoid any tariff and am told that anything after Oct. 19 will have a new price tag. trump will continue to lash out at US allies and destroy our economy, taking down as many others as possible. Insane,

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