To the Editor:
Regarding "Free-trade talks: This is no time to chicken out" (Opinion, Sept. 30): I read with interest your comments on the so-called chicken tax, which imposes a 25 percent tariff on light trucks imported into the United States.
I fully agree with your assertion that it and other similar tariffs have outlived their original purpose and today, in our globalized economy, serve only as speed bumps and bottlenecks to America's economic growth.
As a dealer of foreign and domestic brands I know very well how both sides of our industry positively impact our communities and our economy. In today's highly competitive market, with its ever-tightening margins, it is crucial that the 50-year-old chicken tax be removed before it does even more damage to our industry.
This fall, the United States is participating in trade talks with the European Union and Pacific Rim nations. I speak for many dealers, of all brands and manufacturers, when I say the best possible outcome for the United States and its trading partners would be the swift removal of the chicken tax and other barriers to consumer choice.
Those who oppose the tax's elimination are clinging to an old way of life and an old way of doing business. When the bottleneck created by those tariffs is finally cleared, they risk being left in the dust.
Bob Ross Auto Group
The writer is chairwoman of the American International Automobile Dealers Association.