Originally Posted by TomH
I met with Brian for an hour on Mon. to refine the build plan. My first question was about the tariff. He said the chicken tax on preassembled imports is already 25% and that MB already gets around that via the disassembly and then reassembly in SC. He doesn't anticipate Sprinters being affected if new tariffs are enacted.
Interesting....had always wondered how the Sprinters were getting around the Chicken Tax.
So they've been doing the same thing as Ford and Dodge have been doing with the Transit Connects / Promaster City vans --- namely, building them in Europe, then partially disassembling them....shipping them here in pieces, and doing a final reassembly to qualify as American-manufactured / duck the tax.
Didn't know this, either:
>> It sounds like regardless of any possible tweaks to tariff regulations, the new Sprinters are fully safe from any import taxes, regardless: the brand-new Sprinter is being completely manufactured (assembled?) from scratch
in a totally-new assembly facility in South Carolina.
Mercedes-Benz Vans marks construction milestone at North Charleston Sprinter factory
Serious long-term commitment by M-B to the North American Sprinter market.