“Chicken tax! Why are you talking about chickens on a car site!”
Well hush lil’ preteen, this is Carthrottle. This still retains to automobiles
What is was and why it happened
Ah, the United States of A in it’s prime. Doing things because someone didn’t let them do something. In this case, France and Germany had restricted the US from exporting things like Chickens, Potato, and Dextrin. So, quite obviously, the US did the same to EVERYBODY ELSE. Oh, and they included light trucks on that list. So why did this come to be? Well World war 2 has something to do with it. Before the war, chicken was largely a luxury. Few people could afford it and often, it was eaten by people of high power and wealth. Then mass chicken farming started. Chicken prices drooped farther and farther and farther. France and Germany decided that they need money in their country and restricted access for chicken farming, potato farming and more. So, as said before, the US was just like, “YOU AINT GONNA DO THIS TO ME FAM” and restricted even more…. Including trucks…
How come there are Nissan and Toyota trucks huh?
Well kiddo, there’s a loop hole…Well… Not really a loop hole… More so, a rule. Basically, a foreign company can produce trucks for the American market IF they’re made in the US of A. Hence why Veedub’s truck and the Ford Ranger aren’t sold in the Good ol’ US of A. It’s odd. The tariff on everything but trucks was lifted. And you know what’s even worse? Our new President wants to impose this tariff on every vehicle not made in the US of A…. Oh. Before you go like “Don’t turn this political,” ummm. Why? It’s law. That’s the whole point of the Bloppost….
But there is a loophole…
Not to the trump thing but to the Chicken tax thing. It’s simple. If a car has 4 seats, it’s technically not a truck. Hence why cars like the Subaru Brat and Baja have 4 seats… Well, in the Brat, they’re kinda hard to use… But wait! There was another loophole! An older one! It’s pretty small. A tiny tiny loophole. Basically, if a manufacturer could take the bed off of a truck, it could be imported with a 4% tariff rather than 25%. So that’s what they did. Simple. Well, until 1980 when it was closed.
And on that, I hope you learned a bit more about the chicken tax.
(Lifted right off of my CT account