June 25th, 2018.

USA Today reports that Harley-Davidson plans to shift a portion of its U.S. motorcycle manufacturing capacity to foreign markets after a trade spat between President Donald Trump and the European Union led to increased tariffs.

The Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer today (Monday) said in a public filing that the move is necessary to preserve its second-biggest sales market.

The company did not specify whether it would close any U.S. plants or lay off any workers. "Harley-Davidson maintains a strong commitment to U.S.-based manufacturing which is valued by riders globally," the company said. "Increasing international production to alleviate the EU tariff burden is not the company’s preference, but represents the only sustainable option to make its motorcycles accessible to customers in the EU and maintain a viable business in Europe."

The European Union last week raised U.S. motorcycle tariffs from six per cent to 31 percent after Trump earlier imposed tariffs on European steel and aluminum.

For more on this check out USA TODAY