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Old 06-19-2018, 11:14 PM   #21
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I'm afraid ya got me there. The only thing that comes to mind is the old Ford 7.3L diesel engine. Is this 7.3 related to the tariff (this thread), or is it related to another post I made today in another thread? Perhaps re. bringing a used E350 for conversion???
I am guessing you missed this...

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Now....can we all get back to discussing the finer points of lithium battery systems, Aluminess products, and overpriced 7.3L vans?
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Old 06-20-2018, 08:20 AM   #22
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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.
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Thanks for the update glad to see this won't have am impact on yours and others new purchases.
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Old 06-20-2018, 09:11 AM   #23
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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
https://www.postandcourier.com/busin...c2ae1f5d2.html

Serious long-term commitment by M-B to the North American Sprinter market.
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Old 06-20-2018, 04:57 PM   #24
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Ha, a month ago and 18 posts back! Sorry, at my age I sometimes don't remember which direction is to the bathroom when I get up in the morning, much less stuff like that.

Scalf77 and MountainBikeRoamer, thanks for the input and new info.
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