It's time to whack the chicken tax, the big tariff on imported pickup trucks.
At first blush, it seems a little silly that the American International Automobile Dealers Association is trying to kill a tax that doesn't apply to anything. Onetime importers Nissan and Toyota now build their pickups in North America. And since the Court of International Trade in 1993 extended the sport-utility exemption to two-door models, the 25 percent tariff on cargo haulers has been a relic. It was imposed in 1963 in retaliation for a West German duty on U.S. frozen poultry. It hurt Japanese makers the most.
But the tax sends the wrong message in trade relations. The frozen poultry issue is long gone, and the chicken tax should be too. Common sense demands it.