For John, BLUF: Tariffs distort the market. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Marco den Ouden, writing from Australia. Here is how it starts:
The other day my daughter, who is moving to Canada, and I were car-hunting at a Volkswagen dealership. During our conversation with a salesman, he told us that the Australian VW sells a superb high-end pickup truck called an Amorak that is not sold in Canada or the United States.Yes, in the article is the whole sordid story. Europe was worried about us flooding their market with chickens and thus a tax, which resulted in retaliation, thus no VW Pickups. Actually, that is a shame for Middle America. They are the source of chickens and they might have liked a VW Pickup as an alternative to the others on the market.
"Why not?" I asked. "That," said the salesman, "is a long story. Google Volkswagen and Chicken Tax to get the answer.”
Regards — Cliff